Roll out of high speed internet reaches Port Lincoln schools

The state government's $80 million package to roll out a high speed fibre-optic network to South Australian schools has now reached Port Lincoln.

Announced in December 2018, the internet rollout is expected to reach 98.8 per cent of South Australian public schools, with thousands of kilometres of new fibre optic cables to be installed across the state in the hopes of delivering speeds of up to and beyond one gigabyte per second.

Port Lincoln Primary, Junior Primary, Kirton Point and Port Lincoln High schools are now connected to the fibre-optic network.

Lincoln Gardens and Port Lincoln Special School are expected to be connected by the end of the year.

Kirton Point Primary School principal Heather Curtis said the newly installed faster internet helps them "save time not waste time".

"One of the biggest hassles of using IT in schools is slow internet," she said.

"Technology is the way of the future...we teach the students how to use it wisely.

"Everyone uses it every day in some form...it's good to have good internet."

Member for Flinders Peter Treloar said it was great that schools in Port Lincoln were now connected.

"Good internet connection is a vital part of delivering quality education in a modern world," he said.

"I'm delighted that the government's program to connect schools to fast internet has reached Port Lincoln and the Eyre Peninsula."

Education Minister John Gardner said that fast and reliable internet was essential for modern education.

"We are delighted that students and staff in Port Lincoln will be able to benefit from high speed, reliable internet to assist their learning and teaching," he said.

"Fast, reliable internet helps our educators access the tools they need to deliver world class education and gives students the chance to connect, collaborate and create in ways like never before.

"All South Australian students deserve access to fast, reliable internet at the speed they need, when they need it.

"By mid-2020, the project will deliver speeds of up to one gigabyte per second to all government school sites across the state."