Further to Steve Kates’ post on the school computer scandal where the Government funding is running out with the Age reporting
THE federal government’s scheme providing high school students with laptop computers is on the brink of collapse, leaving parents with hefty bills and educators with a chaotic start to the school year.
Peter Garrett claims the program has been
delivered on time and within budget
with 957,805 computers being purchased at a cost of $2.4 billion. That’s $2505 per computer.
Harvey Norman, which is rarely the cheapest place in town, is selling Toshiba Satellite C850/05D Laptops for $698 each. If Garrett had gone to the Harvey Norman website clicked “add to cart” and selected 957,805 computers it comes up with $668,547,890 (try it – it works!) with free pick up at the store or delivery “usually shipping within 2 days”.
You’d normally think that a bulk purchase would be cheaper, but not with this government. If the program is running through its appropriation, it’s because they are paying too much per laptop.
If anyone is interested, here is the original request for costing under the Charter of Budget Honesty for the 2007 election.ALP036_Request_for_Costing_-_Labors_Education_Revolution_-_Computers_in_Schools