Moves by some schools to make parents provide laptops for students are being dismissed as unrealistic and unaffordable.
Wellington High School is introducing the policy for year nine students and some other schools are also asking parents to provide laptops.
Labour's education spokesman Darren Hughes says it is unrealistic to assume all families can afford to pay the full cost of a laptop.
He says it doesn't line up with the fact prices are rising faster than wages, families are feeling cost of living pressures and it would be a stretch too far for most people.
The Secondary School's Association is calling for the government to review its technology funding for schools as it says laptop computers are becoming a necessary part of meeting the curriculum.
But Education Minister Anne Tolley says the government will not be paying for them.
Tolley says it would cost the government around $500 million to provide laptops to all students and that's money it doesn't have.
Meanwhile, Bay of Plenty's largest school believes compulsory laptops for students is a huge expense that parents won't stump up for.
Otumoetai College Principal Dave Randell says the college has at least one computer for every four students and more available when needed.
He says there's nothing stopping students bringing laptops into schools but parents already have back-to-school costs like new uniforms, stationery and fees.
And a Tauranga mother told Newstalk ZB schools are dreaming if they think parents can afford new laptops on top of other costs.
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