MS Anytime, Anywhere scheme promotes class warfare

State school demands pupils buy £1300 laptops

A Microsoft free education project could break the piggy bank for parents at Tudor Grange School, Solihull. They are being asked to stump up £1,300 each for laptops supplied by the school to enable their children to take part in Microsoft's Anytime, Anywhere learning scheme.

The laptop purchase is not compulsory, but children whose parents refuse to pay will be taught separately. Does Microsoft really want to be associated with a school that is actively promoting class warfare? Only parents whose children qualify for free school meals are exempted from the Tudor Grange cash call.

But these are likely to be thin on the ground, considering that Solihull, near Birmingham, is one of Britain's wealthiest districts. The laptop scheme should promote wealth redistribution of sorts - tough kids from inner city Birmingham will find much richer pickings when they go mugging youths in Solihull. ®

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