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Current IT systems and equipment in schools are not fit for purpose and must be urgently upgraded to cope with the demands of the curriculum, teachers at the Annual Conference of NASUWT Scotland-The Teachers’ Union, have heard today.

Teachers at the Conference, which continues today in Glasgow, have called on the Scottish Government to commit to making adequate finances available to ensure all schools have effective and up to date ICT systems for pupils and staff.

Representatives shared a litany of problems with current ICT infrastructure in their schools, including outdated software, poor internet connections, lack of or aging hardware and unacceptably limited capacity on computer networks, meaning multiple pupils cannot use school computers at the same time.

Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, said:

“Technology can enhance the teaching and learning experience of children and young people and transform teachers’ working lives. It is vital that all schools are able to access these advantages.
 
“This is even more important at a time when learning is increasingly digitised and where good ICT skills are increasingly important in securing future employment opportunities for young people.
 
“It is clear that current ICT systems in many schools are not fit for purpose and significant investment is required to ensure that they meet the needs of 21st century education provision.
 
“It is also clear that there are inequalities between schools in terms of the quality and quantity of ICT hardware and software. This must be addressed to ensure all schools have high-quality equipment to aid pupils’ learning.”

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