6 May 2013

Major school IT project running late

10:20 am on 6 May 2013

A major school IT initiative with a budget four times bigger than the bungled Novopay project is running behind schedule.

Schools were told parts of the $400 million Network for Learning would be available by now, but the Government has still not announced who will supply the network.

Proposals to provide schools with services including ultrafast internet, firewalls and a helpdesk were called for a year ago.

The Ministry of Education says the start date for the network has been moved back, partly so it can take account of a select committee report on digital learning.

The ministry says the delay is not related to the selection of a network provider.

Educators say the wait is disappointing because schools are trying to develop new ways of teaching.