News Burst: Government figures on 'Wired Schools' branded "suspect"

The government is proud of the progress it has made wiring UK schools but observers are unimpressed with the numbers and the way money is being allocated

Government figures on the number of schools connected to the Internet have been branded "suspect" by educationalists.

Others claim the government's policy on wiring schools may actually be widening the digital divide by unfairly distributing money allocated to technology in education.

The criticism responds to figures released by the Department for Education and Employment last week claiming that 86 percent of primary schools and 98 percent of secondary schools are now online.

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