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« on: February 16 2007 »

In a move that highlights the growing digital divide between North African and Southern African countries, the Tunisian government has committed to providing all schools with ADSL or WiMax connections by June 2007.

In South Africa the schools e-rate programme, first tabled in the 1996 Schools Act, has yet to take effect and in recent media statements the education department said they don't expect schools to have internet connections before 2011.

TunisiaOnline reported yesterday that Tunisian education minister Sadok Korbi said all schools will have access to ADSL and WIMAX internet connections by June 2007.

Korbi said that the new measures were aimed at improving the quality of Tunisian education and improving students' employment opportunities.

In South Africa schools e-rate programme, designed to provide discounts to schools for telecommunication costs, has yet to be rolled out.

In January of this year the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) and the education department said that "logistics" problems meant the schools connection project would not be completed before 2011.

The e-schools discount programme was gazetted in late 2004 and was due to take effect in January 2005.

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