Teachers call for more technology investment in schools


Teachers call for more technology investment in schools

Microscope contributor

The majority of teachers across Europe have urged governments to free up more cash to drive greater adoption of technology in schools, according to a survey commissioned by Intel.



The study, which was undertaken by Redshift Research, found that 98% of 2,700 primary and secondary teachers in 15 countries believe PC availability is vital for readying students to enter the workforce, yet a budgetary shortfall is preventing this.



As a result, 76% of respondents are calling on their respective politicians to do more to drive technology in education. Around 70% believe students should have a personal laptop, but this is a reality for only 3%.



The report also asserted that pre-school children should have supervised access to a PC, with half of UK teachers - the highest in Europe - stating this would benefit under-fives. But almost one in three said there is no budget for this.



"Equipping students with the best learning tools from an early age will open up opportunities for them in life and work," said Lila Ibrahim, Intel general manager for the Emerging Markets Platform Group.



This week, Prime Minister Gordon Brown launched the Home Access scheme to provide 270,000 PCs to low income families. Misco, XMA, Centerprise, Comet, Positive IT and BLi Education are the official suppliers in the scheme.



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