Full schools in computer jam

PUBLISHED : Monday, 15 December, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 15 December, 1997, 12:00am

Schools have complained they have no space to store computers which will be given by the authorities to help boost their information technology.

Tung Chee-hwa pledged in his policy address in October that each secondary school would get 82 computers for teaching and learning.

But a survey published yesterday by the Professional Teachers' Union found many principals were troubled by the new measure.

About 60 per cent of the 106 heads said it would be 'very difficult' to find places to store the additional computers as the schools were already crowded.

Ninety per cent of the respondents suggested the Education Department build extra rooms to store computers.

The union said: 'If the schools do not have spare space to build rooms, the department should consider expanding the schools, cutting the number of classes or reducing class sizes.

'Otherwise the additional computers will be useless.

'The authority should also assign professionals who know well the functions of computers to teach students and teachers how to use them.'