Tablet devices would be provided to all new Year 7 and Year 11 public school students in the ACT from 2018 under a re-elected ACT Labor Government, at a cost of $17.2 million over the first four years.
Labor estimates that more than 6,000 Canberra students would be provided with tablets in the first year of the program.
Devices would made available under a leasing arrangement, allowing for upgrades as required.
Education spokeswoman Yvette Berry did not reveal whether the tablets would be Apple iPads or devices running the Android or Windows operating systems, but said there would be consistency of devices.
“[This] will not only provide equity between students, but also provide a consistent platform for education applications, enhancing the curriculum and making life easier for teachers,” Ms Berry said.
“This commitment will save many parents the stress of saving for these devices and mean there’s no need to worry about choosing the right one for their children.”
Canberra public school already have access to high-speed Wifi.
“This is the next logical step in technology investment for our students,” Ms Berry said.