Few will be shedding any tears for BECTA (the British Educational Communications and Technology Agency), who have been axed as part of the cull of quangos announced by the British government.
Their job has largely been done, not that they did it particularly well. Their purchasing frameworks were criticised for favouring large closed source providers, their software database was criticised for the same reason
. They said that organisations were not 'mandated to purchase' from within their frameworks, which technically they weren't. However, in a 2006 speech
on the future of e-learning, then chairman, Andrew Pinder was, curiously, able to boast that BECTA 'dictates the spending in education of about a billion pounds a year'. Now their priority is a well-managed closure.