It appears unlikely that every secondary-school pupil in Australia will have a computer by December of next year as officials have promised, according to new data that show schools have received computers for about one in three students in Year 9 to Year 12. Education Minister Julia Gillard denies that the programme is behind schedule, but some say the slow rollout already has affected schools. "It is difficult for schools because so much of the curriculum now in secondary schools is ... Web-based," one union leader said.

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