Parent's iPad charge anger

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

The Democrat has been contacted by an irate parent of several pupils who attend St Colman's College, Newry, about what she regards as the excessive cost of purchasing ipads for her children for use in the classroom, writes Colin O'Neill.
The cost levied by the school is 200 which is in addition to a general 60 school fee. Since September 2013, the school has been piloting the use of iPads in the classroom with Year 8 students.
The school provided the following statement when contacted by the Democrat: "This iPad Initiative has proved to be very successful as an addition to the current learning and teaching practices that take place in the school.
“From the new academic year 2014-15, each pupil in Years 8-10 will have the opportunity to use an iPad in the classroom. To facilitate this the school and parents have entered into an agreement where the cost of the device (including apps, case, warranty) is shared jointly.
“The school has made the initial purchase of this equipment and asked parents to make a financial contribution (approximately half the value) within one academic year.
“The agreement between school and parents / pupils stipulating that the device is primarily for educational purposes and that these supersede all other activities on the device. Once parents have paid their contribution the full ownership of the device passes to them."

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