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THE EXPERTISE provided by a computer giant's pound;15.5 million contract with Glasgow City Council will reduce "spaghetti junction" bureaucracy and "Elastoplast" solutions in primary schools and nurseries.

Ronnie O'Connor, the authority's executive director for education, training and young people, made the assertion after it was announced that Dell would provide an ICT service for the city's 170 primaries and 122 nurseries, supplying almost 7,400 computers.

He described the involvement of Dell as a step forward. "The big issue for the public sector is that it must recognise private sector skills can be harnessed to drive public services. ICT in schools is a classic example of this."

The service will be "managed", meaning problems will be solved quickly by calling a service desk. It will see full-time equivalent teachers issued with a notebook computer and wireless connections, allowing them to work away from class but still have access to school.

The new service begins on April 1.

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