Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)
Online Application System for Schools Faces Axe in Cash Cuts
Byline: Tim Ross Education Correspondent
PARENTS face problems applying to state schools under moves to axe London's online admissions system.
Education Secretary Michael Gove is to cut the grant that funds the London Grid for Learning and redirect the money to his favoured "free schools" programme.
LGfL runs the online "eAdmissions" system used by 35,000 families to find secondary places for their children. It also saves schools in the capital an estimated [pounds sterling]100 million annually by bulk-buying broadband services.
Council chiefs have promised to work to minimise the disruption that could result. But the cuts threaten to add to the anguish of parents at a time when demand for places in good state schools is reaching record levels.
LGfL's chief executive Brian Durrant warned that schools would lose the safe, cheap internet and email services that are key to a good education. He said children are now "digital natives" and that computer literacy is as important as reading and writing for the current generation. …