Three quarters of teachers say the government should do more to provide computers in schools, says Intel.

Research by the chip giant revealed that 98 percent of teachers believe a PC is 'critical' in preparing students for their working life.

Furthermore, 80 percent say technology inscreases students' interest in learning, while 57 percent believe a computer improves academic performance.

However, Intel says funding shortfalls are preventing schools from "fully embracing technology".

More than half of UK teachers believe children under five should be given supervised access to a PC but 31 percent admit their school doesn't have the financial resources to implement this.

"Equipping students with the best learning tools from an early age will open up opportunities for them in life and work," said Lila Ibrahim, general manager, emerging markets platform group at Intel.

Carol Machell, head teacher of Broadgreen Primary School in Liverpool, added: "It's absolutely crucial that pupils have access to latest technology in the classroom. Not only does ICT aide and inspire learning but it is becoming the cornerstone behind more competent, work-ready students. It is essential that we invest heavily in today's generation of young people to ensure their potential for tomorrow."

Intel's research comes as the government pledges to offer 270,000 disadvantaged families access to a free laptop and an internet connection for a year in a bid to make kids for computer literate.

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