Oh what a surprise

An idiot school that handed out 1200 iPad2 to students can’t account for nearly half of them.

A school which gave out iPads to every pupil in hope of improving their education has admitted that just a year later half the costly devices have been broken.

Honywood Community Science School dished out iPad2 tablets to its 1,200 pupils a year ago, at vast cost to the taxpayer.

Despite warnings that children would not be able to look after the fragile computer tablet, the school in Coggeshall, Essex, allowed children to take the device outside the classroom, playground and street and home at evenings and weekends.

If you giving something of value to people that they haven;t had to pay for themselves then they do not value it the same as you would…and they break and munt things.

It was hoped that the iPads would be a useful learning tool, as well as keep the school up to pace with international competitors embracing the technology in the classroom.

But after just one year, more than four in ten of the iPads had been sent off for repair, after being knocked, dropped or scratched. Figures obtained under the Freedom of Information Act reveal 489 had to be replaced after being found to be beyond repair.

What about consequences…oh wait…

About a fifth of those sent for repair – 112 – had to be sent back more than once.

Pupils said in some of the younger classes, around half the class had broken their tablet at least once, and some as many as three times.

Despite the threat of confiscation after three tablets, ultimately none were taken away from pupils.

There are none.

This is of no surprise to me…disaster waiting to happen.


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  • Pokerface

    “Stupid is, as stupid does”

  • Just reiterating Pokerface: Stupid is as stupid does.

    And now enter a whole philosophical debate on individualism vs collectivism, capitalism vs socialism and so on

    • Ronnie Chow

      So , they’re kids . Over half were able to look after a cutting edge computer that has little protection . I wonder how many professionals drop or break their ipads?

      • Pissedoffyouth

        The difference? Joe public isn’t paying for professional ipads.

  • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

    Folks – Sheep’s cornerstone education policy is to offer ipad2 and iphone to every student in public school starting from 2015 school year. These will be upgraded to the latest models as soon as it becomes available. Sheep thinks that this is the way we can catch up with rest of the world. This social justice initiative will be funded by a small charge of 5 cents per dollar increase in income tax for those rich people who earn more than 60,000 dollars per annum. While applauding this initiative Muesli Norman also hoped that Greens will be bringing in an amendment to extend this scheme to beneficiaries also. He said – “this can be funded easily by running the xerox machines for an additional two hours every day or by increasing the ipad/phone levy on high income earners to 7 cents a dollar. Kiwis don’t mind paying extra tax for education. They did in 1999”.

    • Hazards001

      You really gotta stop posting this shit lol…you do know the fuckers look in here? I’m picking that’s just gone straight into the green/red agenda barrel.

  • these socialists are in total denial. fuck i fear for our future.

  • Travis Poulson

    They’re better off spending that on training their staff to use guns, buying guns, and training in unarmed self defense. Next they’ll be buying them coffee machines, a bed to have a lie down when the lesson gets too boring, and a fridge full of their favorite refreshments.

  • Lofty

    And when they leave school and start their entitled benefits, they will rent one of my flats or houses, and treat it in exactly the same way as the free iPad.

    We will then go through the tiresome procedure of the tenancy tribunal etc etc after repairing the holes in the walls, graffiti, shit and crap smeared everywhere.
    Trailer loads of rubbish to the dump, repainting the inside etc etc etc.

    Stupid is as stupid does is correct, and the raising of the life skills is a very slow process, and often never achieved.

    • Ronnie Chow

      Has everyone had a dose of cynical this morning . They’re children . That means crappy schoolbags , walking in the rain , other kids breaking them , inattention , mistakes , in other words , all the shit that we’ve all been through but seemingly forgotten .

      • Gazzaw

        Ever the realist Ronnie and you are dead right. The Ipads should never have been supplied in the first place.

      • Lofty

        Ronnie, to you it is cynicism, to me it is a everyday reality.
        Sorry to be the grinch today, but there it it is.

        • Ronnie Chow

          Yeah , but the gist of the article was that the supplier recommended case was inadequate , when replaced resulted in less breakage , and most importantly , exam results were the highest in the school’s history .

          As to your issues with your tenants , who chooses your tenants ?

          • Mitch82

            I think what we can all learn from this is the follow:

            Apple products suck. Don’t buy them.

          • Lofty

            Oh Ronnie you are such a leveller with your common sense….Cut it out, it makes being a bigot just that little bit harder. ;-)

      • Get a Grip

        I’m with you Ronnie!!! Lets look at the whole picture before we get the grumpies going. It wasnt OUR tax payers money but some experimental pommy program… Without testing stuff out(ie give all the kids an IPAD) how do we find out what works best in evaluating the way education is delivered!
        Would be interesting to read the original report

  • Ronnie Chow

    “It was hoped that the iPads would be a useful learning tool, as well as keep the school up to pace with international competitors embracing the technology in the classroom.”

    On the latest figures, he said: ‘The breakage rate resulted from using a recommended case which was insufficiently robust. Since replacing cases this year, breakage has fallen to 1.2 per cent.’

    He added: ‘Exam results at the end of our first year of using tablets were the highest in the school’s 48-year history.

    ‘Attendance has risen and we’ve seen our lowest rate of fixed-term exclusions for ten years.’

    So , you all jump on the MSM headline “Over half are broken” , when in fact the article details that they have been repaired . So they are not broken .

    I think some here have been sucked in by the hysterical style of reporting that many here delight in trashing with gay abandon .

    • NoVictim

      They would have had to be broken before they were repaired.

  • Dumrse

    Those opening words have me thinking…”An idiot school…”. Given a school is an inanamate object (?), Im wondering if it may have been a TEACHER that can’t account for the said product.

  • Daniel

    What a silly idea to supply iPads to all the pupils in the school. I agree with Cam: the kids won’t value the item when they haven’t payed for it.