Apple Has Failed To Satisfy US Schools With its iPads, The Schools Seek Refund
Apple started a $1.3bn (£870m) project in Los Angeles to provide computer devices including iPads to estimated 650,000 students. But the schools believe that the program has gone astray so the Cupertino company should pay them compensation.
The Los Angeles Times reports that the LA Unified School District (LAUSD) sent a letter to Apple on Monday. The letter conveys that the LAUSD “will not accept or compensate Apple for new deliveries of [Pearson] curriculum.” And the way Apple handled the project, left the schools “extremely dissatisfied.”
Pearson was tasked to design maths and English curriculum — for Teachers, school heads and administrators — to be used on Apple iPads. The chief purpose of the scheme was to ensure equality between poorer and the rich pupils in resources for computer-based education.
“While Apple and Pearson promised a state-of-the-art technological solution they have yet to deliver it,” reads the letter.
Attorneys associated with the Board of Education are reportedly looking for the possibility of legal actions against Apple and Pearson. Also, the schools have separated themselves from both firms and are not ready for any future cooperation with them. When LA Times pursued Apple and Pearson for comments on the scenario, only the latter responded to defend its position.
Here is Pearson’s response: “[we are] proud of our long history working with LAUSD and our significant investment in this groundbreaking initiative to transform instructional practices and raise expectations for all students.”
Further in its explanation, educational and training firm confessed that there were some challenges that contributed to its bad performance.
Before reaching a stringent stance, schools had been complaining both the companies. The School District notified involved firms that only two of the expectant schools were able to use iPad-based curriculum. While majority of other were encountering frequent problem. However, Apple and Pearson never addressed the reservations of the district.
Abubaker Zahoor writes on diverse topics with special interest in innovations, tech-ethics, and inter-and intra- organizational business relationships.