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Ping Wales: Becta, WAG and OSS--A Missed Opportunity?

Aug 25, 2006, 18:45 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Phil Thane)

"Originally a UK government body, the British Educational Computing and Technology Agency (Becta) has, since devolution, been funded jointly by the four separate education systems. While its pronouncements are only advisory, they do carry a great deal of weight, both in Cardiff and with education authorities throughout Wales--which is why it is so disappointing when it settles tamely for promoting the status quo rather than driving forward real initiatives for change.

"Accepting that some schools' managements do not feel up to the task of running their own IT, Becta has selected sixteen preferred suppliers of managed IT systems. They are big companies with solid reputations and will do an adequate job, but shouldn't Becta be about more than that? Where are the training courses for schools' IT staff so they can run their own systems? Where is the advice on buying cheap hardware and integrating it into a school's existing network? Where is open source software (OSS) in all this...?"

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