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New Minister Needs To Probe Probe

10 January 2005

New Minister Needs To Probe Probe

New Zealand First is calling for an urgent review of the status and objectives of the much-vaunted schools broadband Probe project.

“First, the new Associate Minister of Education, David Benson-Pope, needs to explain why the objectives and intentions of Project Probe have only just reached national coverage at the end of 2004,” said associate education spokesperson Jim Peters.

“Second, the Minister needs to find out where the money went. The past three years has seen a succession of ministerial and project team promises, and money spent with scarcely a child in New Zealand having received any benefit from the project.

“Third, the Minister needs to find out what facilities those few schools which had supposed capacity to use Probe really had in order to meet the terms of the Government’s IT curriculum objectives.

“Lastly, the Minister needs to look into whether the present regional administrative structures have any validity for school IT development or whether a properly resourced national structure able to deliver real results should be created urgently.

“We urge the new Associate Minister of Education to make his mark on the portfolio by creating a culture of openness and transparency, qualities which have been sadly lacking throughout the Probe project,” said Mr Peters.


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