Griffith East Public in pilot for NSW Government wireless schools’ upgrade program

NSW Deputy Premier and Nationals leaders John Barilaro and Assistant Minister for Education Sarah Mitchell visited Griffith East Public School on Monday to announce the school will take part in a pilot program to upgrade wireless connectivity.

Griffith East will be testing the new technology which is aimed at improving access to online learning tools and resources.

The pilot is part of the NSW Government’s Connecting Country Schools program – a $46 million initiative to upgrade wireless connectivity in regional and remote public schools in regional NSW. 

Mr Barilaro was joined by Nationals candidate for Murray Austin Evans, and the pair sat in on a Year 5 class, talking to students while they were using their laptops. 

Griffith East school captains Ruby Jones and Zach Schmetzer met and spoke to each of the politicians. 

“It doesn’t matter where you’re from, every child in NSW deserves access to the highest standard of education,” Mr Barilaro said.

“The Connecting Country Schools program, which we announced in the June budget, will help provide fast and reliable wireless to students in more than 900 schools across country NSW.

“This is not just a byelection promise - this is another solid example of how this Government is working to give country students the same opportunities as kids in the city.”

Ms Mitchell said the program is investing in the future of the Riverina’s students.

“The Riverina’s future community and business leaders are being shaped in our schools as we speak, and this Government is determined to give them every opportunity to grow into capable and informed citizens, ready for jobs in the future,” Ms Mitchell said.

“There will also be huge benefits to the broader Griffith community as we collaborate with industry and local suppliers to deliver and support the solution, creating jobs in the region and investing in our communities,” she said.

Both the Minister and Deputy Premier agreed that it will be great to get feedback from the students at Griffith East Public School once the project is underway.