As English Schools Foundation schools launch plans to require students to buy and use their own laptops, a school that gave students computers has reversed its decision after several were damaged. Kiangsu-Chekiang College's international section in North Point gave each secondary student a laptop - funded by school fees - when the school opened five years ago. The computers remained the property of the school but parents had to agree that they would be responsible for repairing any damage. While no computers were stolen, headteacher Jane Daniel said a few children damaged their computers by dropping them, including one student who broke the screen three times. Ms Daniel said this contributed to the school's decision to keep the laptops at school and have students bring their work to school on memory sticks. 'There were one or two people saying: 'Technology has moved on, is there any need for them to be taking their laptops home every night?'' she said. Most parents surveyed by the school said they would prefer to buy their child a memory stick rather than be responsible for a laptop. This year the laptops have remained in the classroom, a move which has also reduced the school's software licensing costs. 'They still have access 24/7. It just really made sense,' Ms Daniel said, adding the laptops had been heavy and students occasionally left them in the classroom. Delia School of Canada runs a voluntary programme where students pay a HK$1,000 deposit each year to use a school laptop. The students take the laptops between home and school but the equipment remains the property of the school. School spokesman Joseph Murphy said 99 per cent of students took part and no computers had been lost or stolen. While Kiangsu-Chekiang College and Delia School provide students with laptops, at two ESF schools, students would have to buy their own computers under plans being considered. Renaissance College plans to have each secondary student bring their own laptops, at an estimated cost of between HK$6,000 and HK$8,000, to school within the academic year while South Island School is considering introducing a similar programme next year.