As Macworld Australia reported last week, Victorian teachers have the choice of leasing a Lenovo PC notebook, or a MacBook, which Apple killed off in July. The Lenovo costs $4 per fortnight, while the MacBook costs $11.50.
The education and teaching communities are outraged by the decision, saying they would prefer to pay extra for the MacBook Pro, instead of an outdated model, The Age reports.
By comparison, teachers in Western Australia have been able to hire MacBook Pros for some time.
Causing further controversy is the fact that teachers have no choice but to lease work computers for a cycle of four years.
Apple has weighed into the debate by offering to provide teachers with MacBook Pros for $13.80 per fortnight – $2.30 more than the current MacBook lease.
”This offer would have been at least 20 per cent more expensive for teachers than the original offer, and therefore was not considered viable for the 17 per cent of teachers who chose the MacBook over the Lenovo notebook,” an Education Department spokeswoman told The Age.
Although the MacBooks have been discontinued, they are still considered by many to be viable computers for the next four years. Macworld Australia Publisher Liana Pappas put this point of view forward when interviewed by The Age.
What do you think? If Victorian teachers are required to hire a work computer, should they be given the choice of current models? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.