Twilight critic

5th May 2000 at 01:00
THE EXPECTATIONthat teachers would undertake training in information and communications technology in their own time was condemned as inappropriate and unacceptable.

Teachers have to undergo the National Lottery-funded training to qualify for a pound;500 subsidy to buy their own computer.

Training is generally outside school hours.

Peter Scott, from the union's national executive, said the Computers for Teachers scheme could have provided n excellent opportunity to support the professional development of school staff.

Instead, he told the conference: "The Government's penny-pinching and greedy approach will seriously undermine it."

The TES has been campaigning for a laptop for every teacher. The NASUWT has now called on ministers to introduce a national training strategy for ICT.

The scheme to provide computers has been suspended but will continue next year.

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