Children from jobless and low-income families in the United Kingdom will receive a free computer and free broadband access under major plans from the Department for Children, Schools, and Families to close the digital divide among young people, reports The 300-million pound investment will help make England one of the first countries in the world to ensure that every single young person can use a computer and the internet at home for their education. Schools Minister Jim Knight said that the achievement gap between rich and poor students can only be closed in the modern world if everyone has access to a computer and high-speed internet access. The announcement follows an independent report published by leading industry and educational experts who make up the "Home Access Taskforce." The taskforce recommended boosting educational equality by ensuring that every five- to 19-year-old can log on to the internet at home by 2011…

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