Principals to get laptops

A multimillion-dollar project to equip school principals with almost 3000 laptops is to be announced this month by the Ministry of Education.

A multimillion-dollar project to equip school principals with almost 3000 laptops is to be announced this month by the Ministry of Education.

Commercial negotiations with major vendors are still under way, though it has been announced that the “Laptops for Principals” scheme will include an induction training course for first-time principals and establish a “Principals Online Network”.

In December consultants Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu sought registrations of interest from suppliers for 250 laptops by February 15 and a further 350 by March 15.

The laptops would be acquired under a “lease for life” arrangement, be supplied across New Zealand and include basic user training. The laptops will remain each school’s property.

The initial 600 laptops would be part of an ongoing programme, said the registration of interest, which will see a further 600 laptops delivered in 2002, 700 in 2003 and 730 in 2004. “And is likely to continue with technology upgrades beyond then,” it said.

A Ministry of Education spokesman declined to comment on the scheme, saying no one in the ministry had the authority to comment on the project as commercial negotiations were still going on and a media release would be timed to give the supplier exposure.

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