The UK government has decided to pass management of its controversial Curriculum Online service across to the tech-savvy BECTA.

BECTA - the British Educational Communications and Technology Agency - is recognised by teachers and internationally for its excellence and expertise in ICT in education affairs.

The news attracted immediate comment from Mac-freindly educational software developer, Sherston. CEO of the company, Russell Mabon, said: "Sherston welcome the news that BECTA is taking over the management of the Curriculum Online service from the Department of Education and Skills.

"Becta's expertise will ensure the service realises the Government's vision of delivering higher standards of education through the use of ICT, and as a leading educational software publisher, Sherston feel confident the service is in safe hands."

The government makes £100 million available for software in the form of elearning credits, which must be used by August 2005. Another £100 million will be made available the following year. It's part of government attempts to encourage the creative use of technology in schools.

Apple is a Becta Accredited Service Supplier, selected to provide high-quality products and services to schools, tertiary colleges and universities in the UK.