Lack of IT funding hinders technology learning in schools

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Lack of IT funding hinders technology learning in schools

Antony Savvas

A lack of IT funding in schools is hindering technology education, according to a survey of teachers.

The survey, conducted by digital design provider Man and Machine, interviewed 100 teachers, heads of year, and ICT managers working at secondary schools and colleges throughout the UK.

Key findings included that 82% of respondents believed their budget was not enough to prepare students for employment within sectors such as IT and computer aided design (CAD).

Man and Machine's survey also revealed the challenges that school IT managers faced when purchasing IT equipment.

The inability to provide up-to-date facilities that meet both teachers' and students' needs within current budgets was high on the list of challenges.

Tim Seaman, managing director at Man and Machine, said, "With the government pledging an extra £230m to schools for this year's budget, the results of the survey show that the money is certainly not being invested in preparing pupils for work in the IT sector.

"It is clear that there is a real demand for technology by students and staff in the education sector and if this isn't addressed soon, future employees are going to suffer greatly when they begin working."

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