Western Cape Premier Helen Zille has promised that all schools in the province will have free high-speed Internet access by the end of 2016.
“Our vision is to use eLearning to improve literacy and numeracy, and to ensure that our learners are better prepared for the 21st century,” said the province.
The eLearning programme has two parts: the first is free high-speed broadband access, the second is to give learners and teachers access to digital materials for teaching and learning.
The Western Cape Government is investing R3.8 billion over the next 10 years to bring high-speed broadband to all residents of the Western Cape – with schools the priority.
“A total of 581km of fibre optic cable will have been laid by the end of 2016, alongside the existing 1,251km Neotel cable network. This is the backbone that connects all schools and other sites across the province.”