From the Archives, 1980: Call for computers in high schools
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From the Archives, 1980: Call for computers in high schools

On 23 July 1980, high school principals called for the provision of computers for every high school in Australia. It paved the way for the use of technology in education that has continued unabated.

First published in The Sydney Morning Herald on July 24, 1980.

High school principals have called on the federal government to consider providing computers for every high school in Australia.

A conference of the Australian High School Principals' Association in Hobart resolved last week to ask the Minister for Education, Mr Fife, to consider the move.

Pupils from Newtown High School  took their 'Apple' computer to the Newtown Senior Citizens Centre, to show the residents some of the new technology used to teach in schools today.

Pupils from Newtown High School took their 'Apple' computer to the Newtown Senior Citizens Centre, to show the residents some of the new technology used to teach in schools today.Credit:Gerrit Alan Fokkema

"The association would see this initiative as similar to the successful funding of science facilities in the 1960s," the resolution said.

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The Menzies government began the era of large-scale federal funding for schools in 1964 with grants to States to build science blocks in government and non-government schools.

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The program continued successfully with more than $115 million being granted to State governments until 1975, when it was superseded by programs of the Schools Commission.

According to the newly elected president of the association, Mr Owen Eden, the provision of computers should be considered to be as important as the science block program because of the great value of computers as aids to learning and research.

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