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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Star, July 20, 2009) – King George Sixth School students will start off their second semester classes next week with new sets of computers, thanks to the Taiwanese government.

The desktop computers were funded under the controversial SB$5 million [US$668, 000] which was paid to the national government two years ago.

Yesterday the state-owned school officially opened its 10-set computers, replacing the second hand and refurbished computers provided by Antech Computers.

King George Sixth recently received about 16 computers and six of them are second hand.

And the Principal Willie Waroka, who was not satisfied, sourced a new supplier which provides the new stock which comes with a new set up.

Taiwan Ambassador to Solomon Islands George Chan said despite the negative publicity about the funding for the computers over the months, Taiwan is still committed to assist schools in the country.

He urged the school to properly look after the computers and make good us of it.

Mr Waroka said they are thankful for the support given by the Taiwanese government.

Similarly Minister of Education Matthew Wale said they are thankful for the timely assistance which would go a long way towards assisting the students of the state-owned institute.

A new supplier Ncomputing provided 10 keyboard, mouse and screen and only one hard drive unit.

The set up was specially designed in a way that there is only one server and hard-drive which is connected to ten screens for use by the students.

Paul Sasau, head of the computer lab, said the new set up consumers less power and would ease time to make repairs.

He said it means if the main central processing unit is down, all the ten screens will also stop.

However, it would be very easy to replace because it’s cheaper than having to repair 10 central processing units.

The computers are connected to the internet and other softwards.

Following the opening, some of the students who are present at the ceremony wasted no time to try out the computers.

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