Why schools should stick to the new;Second-hand machines

8th January 1999 at 00:00
The DTI guide to the recycling secondhand computers has much to commend it, but its suggestion of flooding schools with industry cast-offs is flawed.

Just as the Government has confirmed its commitment of pound;1 billion to get our schools to the leading edge of technology, along comes a plan to ensure they are never up to date.

Worse still, the concept of mixing equipment will not bne welcomed by those trying to support the kit in schools. In commerce when a problem occurs with a computer or network, by and large one can do something else until it is fixed. With properly structured lessons, any increase in the likelihood of equipment failure is unacceptable. Far better to give schools the kit from new and pass their cast-offs to industry.

Dominic Savage, chief executive, British Educational Suppliers' Association

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