RM backs Stevenson report on IT in schools

Leading educational specialist PC maker Research Machines (RM) today gave succour to backers of the Labour-backed Stevenson committee's plans to reform IT implementation in British schools.

"We welcome both the report and the focus it provides to this important area of education ... significant input is needed now at a policy level," said Phil Hemmings, head of corporate affairs at RM.

"It's not that the National Curriculum or what the Tories are doing is wrong," said Fiona McLean, PR manager. "The UK has more PCs per schoolchild than any other G7 country but the problem is that 50 per cent of those PCs are more than five years old and the teacher confidence in training is very low. Also, a lot of the systems are proprietary and can't run Windows."