Computers should be free

20th April 2001 at 01:00
I NOTICE pound;50 million extra is going into the computers for teachers scheme ("50m for teachers' computers", TES, March 30).

Whenever I see an advertisement for a job requiring the use of a computer, it does not say a benefit of the job is pound;500 towards a laptop or PC. Instead the computer is provided.

Why should teacher have to make a contribution to a piece of equipment needed for the job?

Technology minister Michael Wills said that he prefers teachers to have"personal ownership" of the computers. But he and the Government would, wouldn't they? They save on the purchase of the thing, depreciation, replacement, repair, and telephone bills at a premium rate to advice helplines.

Got to dash, I'm looking for that new software - automatic English-book marking. Ah here is is ... but the instructions say it will only recognise neat writing. Ah well, where's that red pen? ...

C M Pouter Barr Beacon school Birmingham

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