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Move to drag school reports into 21st century
Thursday 10 January 2008 10:06:01 by Andrew Ferguson

There are already many things that are quicker or cheaper to do online. The government looks set add another reason for being online at home by introducing more up to date reports on a child's school progress that will be available online. BBC News Online has examined some of the positive and negative aspects of the proposals.

One of the biggest problems with pushing information like this online is that it would potentially exclude families that do not have a computer or internet access at home. To some extent this can be taken care of by making the reports accessible through mobile phones, or the interactive elements of TV platforms such as Sky satellite and Virgin Media cable services.

It appears the government is in discussion with computer suppliers to provide cheap computers, but for some this will be a waste as they won't be able to use broadband due to coverage problems or perhaps not even having a fixed telephone line. What some may not realise is that low price telephone schemes such as 'incoming calls only' and 'light user' preclude people from ordering any form of ADSL including BT IPStream or LLU.


Posted by grapevine1 over 9 years ago
Andrew. I totally agree with your observations and comments. The government must compel "Openreach", and make it accountable, to maintain the twisted copper pair network up to a useable standard (not intermittent service with its known widly varying transmission 'foibles' and as broadband has now come of age.
Posted by grapevine1 over 9 years ago
Government should further look very closly at any financial aid in whatever form BT receives unless its board ensures that "Openreach" is utilising its finance and staffing to the benefit of its customers especially in geographical locations where it would appear that "openreach" Techees are making multiple visits of in some cases many days to attempt a clear of a single line fault that a replacement length of cable would provide a long term (and cheaper/cost effective solution to repeated faults/poor to intermittent service.
Posted by CARPETBURN over 9 years ago
quote"It appears the government is in discussion with computer suppliers to provide cheap computers"
If you ask me they need to be in discussion with teachers more. Half the kids that leave school nowadays cant add 1 and 1 together.
You can forget as an example spending £1.73 in a shop giving them £2.23 (ie see you just get a 50pence piece in change and get rid of your pocket full of change) school leavers working in a shop will just look blankly at you and the money you gave and not have a clue you are trying to help yourself and give their till more change.
Posted by AndrueC over 9 years ago
@Grapevine:The government can't do that. BT already operates under strict legal requirements. Although these are out of date they are nonetheless what BT is currently required to work to..and in fact it exceeds them by a wide margin.

It would be totally unreasonable and unnacceptable for the government to just suddenly demand that BT operate to a higher standard. It can negotiate changes to its UPO but BT would have every right to ask for and expect a government subsidy.

You can't suddenly demand that a company invest £15 billion based on legislation changes.
Posted by AndrueC over 9 years ago
@Carpetburn:Too bloody right. We're definitely in agreement as far as current education is concerned.
Posted by herdwick over 9 years ago
Computers in libraries, browsers on mobile phones, relatives PCs etc. I doubt exclusion would be any worse than kids not taking reports home.
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