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PV Executive Officer Gail McHardy is quoted in this article from yesterday's Age. The article, titled "Parents count the cost as classrooms dump textbooks for MacBooks", covers the issue of costs to parents as schools increasingly require them purchase digital devices for their children's education. From the article:

Gail McHardy, Parents Victoria's executive officer, said the cost varied significantly between schools and that school councils had to remain mindful of what families could afford.

Many families, particularly in regional and rural Victoria, struggled to cover the cost of a device or multiple devices for their children.

“Most secondary schools now expect all students to purchase a laptop,” Ms McHardy said.

“These laptops generally only last a couple of years before they start to slow or not even work and therefore there’s a requirement to purchase another in a couple of years.”

Ms McHardy criticised schools that lock parents into buying from one supplier, potentially denying them an opportunity to get a cheaper device elsewhere.

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