The government has urged schools throughout England to pursue cheap energy rates in order to safeguard the jobs of their teaching staff, reports the BBC.
According to schools secretary Ed Balls, schools need to save as much as £750 million over the course of the next three years in a bid to protect jobs.
He suggests schools could install smart meters to identify precise consumption trends and help pursue efficiency more effectively, while money could also be saved by negotiating cheaper contracts on classroom resources such as desks and IT equipment.
According to the BBC, John Dunford of the Association of School and College Leaders said there is insufficient evidence to suggest frontline services can be saved in the coming years by adopting these kinds of practices.
The government plans a nationwide roll-out of smart meters to homes throughout the UK over the next ten years and specific details are expected within the next few weeks.
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