Parents say lack of tech leads to skills gap

A survey conducted by Samsung reveals that the majority of parents think technology is better at home than in school

Research from Samsung has found that over half (57%) of parents in the UK believe that schools do not invest enough in technology. 

The survey of over 500 parents of primary and secondary school children also found that two-thirds (67%) believe lack of investment will result in a digital skills gap in the future. According to the parents surveyed, 56% believe that investment in IT infrastructure should be the number one priority in schools, followed by ensuring digital skills are embedded in the curriculum (45%) and investment in teacher training (40%).

Despite 97% of parents believing it’s important for technology in the classroom to keep pace with the latest technological developments, 72% believe that technology at home is better than at school.

Graham Long, vice president of the enterprise business team, at Samsung UK and Ireland, said: “Studies prove that technology helps children learn more effectively and is a fantastic way to create a more collaborative education experience. Schools are quickly moving away from teaching being a one-size-fits-all approach, as different pupils learn in different ways.

“Technology is the key to helping teachers address this challenge. At Samsung we’ve created smart classrooms that are interactive and collaborative learning environments, which facilitate even greater interaction between students and teachers. The smart classrooms use a range of education solutions that are designed to increase participation and encourage fun learning.

“We believe it’s up to manufacturers like us to take responsibility and work with the government and schools to ensure we are preparing our children for the future.”