Computer servicing plan row

PUBLISHED : Monday, 20 March, 2000, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 20 March, 2000, 12:00am

Three education groups called yesterday for the suspension of a plan to centralise support services for school computers.

In a letter to all secondary schools, the three groups - the Education Convergence, the Head of Secondary Schools' Association and the Pre-Vocational School Workers' Association - said the Education Department's plan breached the spirit of school-based management.

Under the scheme, announced earlier this month, a tendering exercise would select two service providers to maintain the computers at all schools.

If schools were allowed to find contractors on the free market, resources would be more effectively used, Lam Yat-fung, chairman of the Pre-Vocational School Workers' Association, said.

According to the government plan, $1,374 would need to be spent on each computer each year.

The groups wanted to meet Education Department officials and urge a rethinking of the scheme, a joint statement said.