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Schools study backs protest

September 23 - 29, 2015

Parents in Bahrain campaigning against the proposed compulsory demand that they provide their children with electronic gadgets for all pupils at a leading British-curriculum school hope a new report will lead to a rethink over the plans.

Investing heavily in classroom technology does not improve pupils’ performance, according to a global study from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

Pupils attending St Christopher’s Senior School will need to bring laptops with them from next September and in the lower years, children will need an iPad from January.

A social media Facebook page was created entitled St Chris Parents Initiative to debate the issue, and one parent leading a campaign against the move, said: “The findings do not surprise me at all.” She says she raised similar concerns at a school meeting which were dismissed.

The school declined to comment by the time GulfWeekly went to Press.

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