Gerald Haigh on schools that are soft targets for the unscrupulous
For many years, schools – along with charities and small businesses – have been happy hunting grounds for the cheerful pirates of the photocopier world. Headteachers and administrators, accustomed to dealing day by day with honest colleagues and public servants are too easily bamboozled by smiling sharks with gelled hair and shiny suits.
Now, photocopying is often just one of the jobs done by a multi-function device (MFD) that’s part of the school’s ICT network. Even so, the machine’s often procured and financed in the same way as a straight photocopier, and schools are still signing up to bad and sometimes illegal deals. (Schools aren’t allowed to sign up to finance leases, for example, but they sometimes do so unknowingly.)