Thailand approves tablets for schools

2012-03-20 17:13
Bangkok - Thailand's Cabinet has approved the purchase of 860 000 tablet computers from a little-known Chinese company for students in the first year of primary school.

Information minister Anudith Nakornthap said on Tuesday he hoped the contract with Shenzhen Scope Scientific Development Co Ltd could be signed this month so the devices could arrive before the new school term starts in May.

The Chinese company offered a lowest-bid price of $81 for each 18cm touch screen computer. Three other companies, Huawei, TCL and Haier, were also bidders.

Supplying tablet computers for all schoolchildren was a campaign promise of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra during last year's election.
- AP
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