Hundreds of UK schools spent £10 or less per pupil on IT last year, jeopardising the UK’s position as a global technological force.
Citing research from Syscap, Laurence Coady, owner of service desk technology provider Richmond Systems, told ServiceDesk360 that stingy education IT budgets are putting the future workforce at a disadvantage compared to their global counterparts.
“While the corporate world is embracing tablets, apps and smart devices, many of our schools need to save the equivalent of 40 years budget to buy one student an iPad. The UK has traditionally been a force in developing software and hardware that is coveted around the world yet, unless the funding situation changes, pupils will be using antiquated technology during their studies,” says Coady.
According to Coady, the IT investment shortage potentially contributed to the eight per cent drop in ICT A-Level students recorded in 2012. “Efforts to make business IT user-friendly, mobile and customer orientated have been inspired by enthusiasm for consumer technologies. With many students now owning smartphones and tablets, the attraction of using clunky PCs and outdated operating systems is very limited.”