Reading, Writing and Rip-Offs

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Duration: 30 minutes

Panorama investigates the computer supply companies whose directors have grown rich signing up hundreds of schools across the country to deals that have taken them to the brink of bankruptcy. Parents are usually unaware that their school can be carrying debts of up to 1.9 million pounds for overpriced or sub-standard equipment.

Reporter Paul Kenyon reveals the mis-selling that has ended the careers of head teachers who say they were duped by dishonest salesmen, forced some schools to make staffing cuts, and raises questions about the government's roll out of greater financial autonomy to schools.

  • Additional Information

    Panorama would like to make it clear that the programme broadcast on 24 September 2012, Reading, Writing and Rip-offs references a computer and office supply company based in Hertfordshire called DTS. This firm is not to be confused with a similarly named firm, known as Direct Tec Solutions Ltd.

  • Bank forgives debt for school technology lease rip-off

    School computers

    A High Street bank has agreed to write off millions of pounds in debts owed by 27 schools that fell victim to a large-scale equipment leasing rip-off.


Paul Kenyon
Matthew Chapman


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