Apple has been chosen to take part in the government’s Computers for Teachers scheme.

The £20 million initiative was officially launched at the BETT education show yesterday, where Becta (the British Educational Communications and Technology Agency) announced the list of companies that had won certification.

Under the scheme, the government will rebate teachers half the price of a computer bought from a certified supplier. The package includes delivery and installation, office software, connection to the Internet and access to the National Grid for Learning. The scheme aims to improve teachers’ confidence and competence in ICT. The maximum rebate is £500.

Nineteen companies received accreditation, including BT, Compaq, Dell, Fujitsu, Tiny, and Gateway.