BANGKOK, 10 April 2012 – The Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is planning to request the Cabinet to raise the budget for the purchase of tablet PCs for school students to 2.4 billion baht.
As the number of tablet PCs to be handed out to Prathom 1 students under the One Tablet Per Child policy has been adjusted from 900,000 units to 1 million, the total budget required for the purchase is now estimated at 2.4 billion baht, as opposed to the initially set amount of 1.9 billion baht. Therefore, ICT Minister Group Captain Anudith Nakornthap has revealed that the budget increase will be proposed to the Cabinet for consideration this week.
Earlier this month, China’s Shenzhen Scope Scientific Development Company Limited was awarded the concession to supply 900,000 tablet PCs to Thai students.
Gp Capt Anudith added that Scope’s Scopad model will include a seven-inch touch screen, a 1.2 GHz single core CPU, 1 GB RAM, a storage memory unit of 8GB and Google’s Android 4.0 operating system. The tablet is priced at 82 dollars each, with freight charges included.
However, the ICT Ministry has delayed the signing of a purchase contract scheduled for today, after the Chinese supplier failed to produce a guarantee from the Bank of China for 5 per cent of the project value by the deadline.
(NNT : Narumon Ngamsaithong)