Excuse my ignorence but wats RM?:doh:
I see a future for NM's under BSF, hope you like queuing for bread?
its all new to me, only been in the game for 6 months. still finding my feet.:nerd:
Each party in BSF has its own agenda; therefore there will always be problems as there are inherent conflicts of interest.
The MSP wants to make a profit by spending the least they can on hardware and service levels out of the bid they put in.
The LEA want to claw in the Government cash and rebuild schools while it's available as it looks good politically with the voters currently. Also by Tupeing out LEA employed school based staff they reduce the Council spending and therefore less pressure on them come Council Tax rate setting time, and it means future industrial action over wages will not be their problem.
The school governors and Heads want the money and new facilities, their main concern are the pupils and teachers welfare though. The fact caretaking, maintenance and ICT will be taken out of their hands is probably seen as a good thing by many.
The management view about redundancies and worst conditions for those support service workers remaining will likely be a pragmatic “you can’t make an omelette without breaking eggs”
Hardware prices are pretty standard and all the talk about “economies of scale” are guff when it comes to buying ICT kit.
Walmart may be able to drive down prices but even if a MSP gets a good deal they will mark it up before putting it into their costs for school. Yet “economies of scale” do work if you are cutting out a middle tier of employees (network managers) and making the other technicians available across numerous sites on a call out basis. Make it chargeable after a fixed number of “free” calls a term and even more profitable.
It is only by negotiation of the contract a school can ensure they get a decent level of staffing and in school support for their ICT, and that those people still employed onsite will have enough technical freedom to implement effective and flexible solutions to problems and developments as they evolve with inevitable changes in the school requirements without incurring massive new charges.
Our major problem as Techs is the fact we do have a vested interest means our genuine concerns’ are just taken as scaremongering, and by keeping us in the dark it is easier to do the dirty work of making ICT more “cost effective” which means less jobs overall and worst wages and terms and conditions for many of the rest.
Ironic as it is the schools, teachers and pupils that will ultimately suffer as a consequence.
Its the same old IT scenario. Boom and Bust.
Every sector I've worked in rushed to put in IT equipment and staff. As soon as they became reliant on it, they look to make it cheaper and then outsource it.
Manufacturing, financial, call centers, local councils and now education.
Its just our turn to be disposed of.
We know the air is unfit to breathe and our food is unfit to eat. And we sit watching our TVs while some local newscaster tells us that today we had fifteen homicides and sixty-three violent crimes, as if that's the way it's supposed to be!
We all know things are bad -- worse than bad -- they're crazy.
It's like everything everywhere is going crazy, so we don't go out any more. We sit in the house, and slowly the world we're living in is getting smaller, and all we say is, "Please, at least leave us alone in our living rooms. Let me have my toaster and my TV and my steel-belted radials, and I won't say anything. Just leave us alone."
Well, I'm not going to leave you alone.
I want you to get mad!
I don't want you to protest. I don't want you to riot. I don't want you to write to your Congressman, because I wouldn't know what to tell you to write. I don't know what to do about the depression and the inflation and the Russians and the crime in the street.
All I know is that first, you've got to get mad.
You've gotta say, "I'm a human being, goddammit! My life has value!"
So, I want you to get up now. I want all of you to get up out of your chairs. I want you to get up right now and go to the window, open it, and stick your head out and yell,
"I'm as mad as hell,
and I'm not going to take this anymore!!"
^ lol thats brilliant :)
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