Saturday, 20 February 2010
Free Laptops Supplier Withdraws
Remember Gordon Brown's announcement that school children from poorer backgrounds are to be given free laptops? Broadband to 270,00 families was also included.
Now it's been announced that one of the country's largest computer suppliers to schools has become the first casualty of the scheme. RM Education has exited the Home Access Programme with little explanation from government. RM and Becta the government agency responsible for administering the scheme, appear to have failed to agree terms.
It's understood that RM's place in the scheme has now been given to PC retailer Comet.
RM's withdrawal calls the success of the Home Access Programme into question. Tory MP Mark Pritchard said earlier this week that some of the free laptops received by families are not being used and are perhaps being sold for cash.
Another labour success.