Many teachers will be eligible for laptops leased from the Ministry of Education this year.
Teachers can apply for a laptop under the TELA scheme if they are: a permanent full-time or part-time (at least 50 per cent FTE) teacher, and in a state or state-integrated school. They must be working with year 1 to 13 classes.
Relievers for a permanent position might also be eligible under certain conditions. Resource teachers of earning and behaviour (RTLB), literacy, Māori and itinerant music teachers could also meet the criteria required.
The laptops provided under the TELA scheme are on a three year ‘lease to use’. Schools and teachers have no laptop ownership rights at the end of this period. The Ministry says laptops cannot be exchanged for newer models during the lease, but extra features can be added if paid for by the school.