Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Plaid promises a laptop to every new secondary school pupil

Every child entering secondary school will receive a laptop if Plaid Cymru wins the National Assembly elections on 3 May – a promise which has been welcomed by teachers, parents, union leaders and, of course, pupils throughout Wales.

As a teacher myself I am acutely aware that pupils from poorer backgrounds do not have the same resources for learning as other pupils. This scheme will at least even out some of the disparity and help all pupils to gain access to the internet and to present their work in a more professional manner. I am especially pleased that the deal includes upgrades and repairs for as long as the pupil is in school so the price tag of £10m per year seems very reasonable indeed.

Plaid’s laptop for pupils scheme will not be available to pupils in private schools.

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