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Scottish Borders school computer overhaul begins

Computer upgrade
Image caption Work is under way at two test sites in the Borders as the IT overhaul begins

A two-year programme is under way to renew the IT infrastructure in all 72 primary and secondary schools in the Scottish Borders.

Work at test sites at Galashiels Academy and Selkirk High School started during the summer holidays.

Scottish Borders Council approved the £3.1m project in February last year.

The replacement programme, scheduled to be completed in the summer of 2014, has been designed so that the oldest equipment is replaced first.

Ross Angus, depute head teacher at Galashiels Academy, said: "Computers are an essential resource in the modern classroom and it is very important that teachers and pupils have access to the latest IT equipment available.

"This renewal programme will give us faster access to the internet and online resources to enhance pupils' learning experiences within the classroom.

"The roll-out has gone extremely well and the team from IT has done an excellent job in ensuring the system was ready for our return after the summer break."

Councillor Sandy Aitchison said the authority was investing a "considerable amount of money" in the new equipment.

He said it could have a "great impact on learning" and "greatly assist" the quality of teaching and learning in the region.

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