Kick in the teeth for primaries

26th January 2001 at 00:00
LAST year you published my letter about the Computers for Teachers scheme's descent into chaos. I had already received my computer and was eventually compensated pound;15 for the three-month wait for my pound;500 subsidy.

A year later the promise of an opportunity for those who missed out first time round has proved empty and worthless.

This is yet another kick in the teeth for primary teachers. Unlike secondary teachers we get little or no non-contact time, and the funding system and size of primaries means we often receive far less pay for greter responsibilities and workload.

How kind of Mr Blunkett to show how much he values us! This scheme was one way of acknowledging the efforts of teachers in all key stages, but clearly the primary sector is not worth the investment.

I have benefited enormously from my laptop which has enabled me to plan and prepare lessons fast and efficiently. The subsidy put the cost of a laptop within my reach. I know colleagues who bought computers under the scheme feel the same.

Louise Neve

Chive Court Farnborough, Hampshire


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