Parents to cop cost for mandatory iPads, laptops

It will be compulsory for students at a Brisbane school to have iPads, laptops.
It will be compulsory for students at a Brisbane school to have iPads, laptops. Brenda Strong

A QUEENSLAND state school program could leave some parents several thousand dollars out of pocket, with tablets and laptops to be made compulsory in an inner-city Brisbane school from next year.

All pupils at Milton State School will be required to bring their own devices to school - an iPad for those in Years 1 to 3 and a laptop for those in Years 4 to 6.

A Department of Education, Training and Employment spokesman said the requirement of the Bring Your Own Device (BYOx) program had been supported by the school's advisory council and was in place in several schools across the state.

He said the number of schools that had implemented the BYOx program had not been centrally collated, as it was a matter for each individual school.

But Milton State School parent Caylie Jeffries, who will have children in Years 1 and 3 in 2015, said the government needed to ensure no children missed out if their parents could not afford the hardware.

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