Schools wasting money on computers for kids: OECD

Sep 15, 2015

Getting kids up to scratch in traditional skills such as reading and math will better prepare them for the digital future than schools investing in high-tech equipment such as computers, a report by the Organization for Economic Co-operation Development (OECD) claims.

The “Students, Computers and Learning: Making The Connection” report published Tuesday says that pupils in countries that have invested heavily in information and communication technologies (ICT) have shown “no appreciable improvements” in student achievement in reading, mathematics or science. The OECD also said that technology in schools has done little to bridge the skills divide between advantaged and disadvantaged students.

“Put simply, ensuring that every child reaches a baseline level of proficiency in reading and mathematics seems to do more to create equal opportunities in a digital world than can be achieved by expanding or subsidizing access to high-tech devices and services,” the OECD said.