Parata launches education portal

Last updated 18:08 22/03/2014

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Embattled education minister Hekia Parata today launched a project to bring better online content to schools.

Parata has been under fire this week over handling of allegations of misuse of money associated with Kohanga Reo.

But today she sidestepped that controversy to unveil a new online education "portal" for teachers, students and education administrators created by Crown-owned company Network for Learning (N4L).

Parata said the Network for Learning has spent $2 million developing the portal, which will provide education content to schools.

It compliments a project announced last year, in which the Government is spending $211 million to build and fund schools' connection to a network that will provide them with fast uncapped internet.

"Through the N4L managed network, the Government is picking up the cost to provide schools with safe, predictable and fast internet with uncapped data, content filtering and network security services.

"It will also provide greater accessibility to a growing collection of teaching and learning resources through this portal," she said. 

"The portal will provide schools with access to trusted, high-quality learning resources and will make safe, online collaboration easy.

"Technology, and digital learning, are part of our modernising of the education system to raise achievement for all our children and young people."

She expected 700 schools to connect by the end of this year. All schools will be expected to connect by 2016.

"It can be a challenge for teachers and students to find information that they can trust. N4L is working hard to ensure that information from key government agencies will be accessible through the portal, including the Ministry of Education's Te Kete Ipurangi, which provides schools and students with a wide range of trusted information and resources."

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NOTE: An earlier version of this story incorrectly said the portal would cost $211 million.

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