Pupils must have hour a week on Net

10th November 2000 at 00:00
Pupils should have access to the Internet for at least one hour a week, according to new Liberal Democrats policy - the first time that such a benchmark has been set by a political party.

Richard Allan, the Lib Dems' IT spokesperson, said the proposal was based on Net access being available to pupils during lessons, as well as before and after school and at lunchtime.

The policy would cost about pound;940 million over five years, including pound;140 million for extra equipment in the first year and pound;160 million in additional staff support costs.

s teaching and learning becomes increasingly dependent on ICT, Allan said a minimum level of equipment was needed to provide the framework for future developments.

He added that the provision and support of computers in schools was "inadequate" and remained a serious cause for concern.

The party has launched an investigation into the provision of information and communications technology in schools and sent a questionnaire on equipment and support levels to a sample of primaries and secondaries in England and Wales. Chris Johnston

Log-in as an existing print or digital subscriber

Forgotten your subscriber ID?


To access this content and the full TES archive, subscribe now.

View subscriber offers


Get TES online and delivered to your door – for less than the price of a coffee

Save 33% off the cover price with this great subscription offer. Every copy delivered to your door by first-class post, plus full access to TES online and the TES app for just £1.90 per week.
Subscribers also enjoy a range of fantastic offers and benefits worth over £270:

  • Discounts off TES Institute courses
  • Access over 200,000 articles in the TES online archive
  • Free Tastecard membership worth £79.99
  • Discounts with Zipcar, Buyagift.com, Virgin Wines and other partners
Order your low-cost subscription today