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.
"The association would see this initiative as similar to the successful funding of science facilities in the 1960s," the resolution said.
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.
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program continued successfully with more than $115 million being granted to State governments until 1975, when it was superseded by programs of the Schools Commission.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.