Behind the times

13th March 1998 at 00:00
WALES

In the words of a Welsh Office official: "We are a little bit behind others in wiring-up our schools." The last schools survey was carried out in 1990, so there is little reliable up-to-date information. However, the Welsh Office believes that all its 250 secondary schools have Internet access, and that about one quarter of the 1,700 primaries are also online. Internet access is clearly patchy, although some areas, such as Glamorgan, have thriving ICT programmes.

The Welsh Office says there are a number of reasons why Internet take-up is slower in Wales: the large number of small and rural schools (nearly one third of Welsh schools are classed as small), the re-organisation of local government in 1996, which resulted in the number of local authorities rising from eight to 22), and the fact that 25 per cent of schools use Welsh as the main or sole language. "Much of the Internet is in English, so there may not be the incentive to use it," said the official.

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number

Comments

The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now