POLITICS
09/21/2011 03:22 EDT | Updated 11/21/2011 05:12 EST

NDP wants auditor to check $90m B.C. school software system now being scrapped

VANCOUVER - The New Democrats in B.C. want auditor general John Doyle to investigate the government's handling of an expensive school computer program that's now being scrapped.

The student tracking software cost $90 million but it's been plagued with glitches and crashes and is being dumped.

NDP education critic Robin Austin says Christy Clark was the education minister when the program was brought in and he wants to know whether she did the proper background work before authorizing the software.

He says school districts have been complaining for years that the system was expensive, difficult to use and worked poorly, but the Liberals went ahead and wasted millions of education dollars on it anyway.

Austin says the program cost school districts even more money in lost productivity and training costs.

He says Clark needs to explain why the government could afford the program but not provide funds for smaller classes or better supports for special needs children.