School pulls out of failing ICT system
Saturday 5th October 2013, 12:45PM BST.
LADIES’ COLLEGE will unplug from Education’s overloaded internet network after a system crash on results day potentially put university places in jeopardy.
Head of ICT at the college, Andy Wade, said he had luckily downloaded pupils’ marks two hours before the connection was lost at 9.30am – it was down for the rest of the day.
However, principal Jo Riches said yesterday that the situation could have been disastrous.
‘Imagine if the students weren’t able to get their results, unable to go through clearing or they weren’t able to hassle a uni for places,’ she said. ‘We were lucky.’
Education minister Robert Sillars said improving internet services was something he had highlighted as a major priority.
‘I’m very, very disappointed that we are where we are in the cycle of all things,’ he said.