A report by the British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA) has found that 43 percent of British schools are connected to the Internet.
BESA surveyed 1395 schools across the UK, 777 at the primary level, and 618 at the secondary level. The report estimates that the ratio of students to computers in primary schools is 16:3; in the secondary schools, it is 8.7:1.
PCs will account for 88 percent of schools’ spending, the report said, and 92 percent of school shave immediate plans to train staff in IT. The purchase of curriculum-based software was cited as a priority by 57 percent of the schools surveyed.
Earlier this month, the British government launched the National Grid for Learning program. Its objective is to provide Internet access for every British school by 2002.
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