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Giants combine to assist schools

CAPITA Group, the private company whose IT services are used by 23,000 schools, is joining up with Microsoft to develop systems and services allowing schools to use the internet for a range of administrative tasks such as online purchasing.

By the end of the year, they also hope to have developed a system to cut truncy and inform parents immediately when children are not in schools. There are also plans to allow parents to tap into school timetables, homework schedules and conduct reports.

The education market now represents 17 per cent of the turnover of Capita, which made a pre-tax profit of pound;36.3 million in 1999.

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