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Thailand to procure 1.6 mil tablets next year

Ministry of Education, Thailand is now under the preparation process to hold an e-auctions for the procurement of 1.6 million tablets in the 2013 Fiscal Year, the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary Panita Kamphu na Ayutthaya said yesterday.

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The total number of tablets will be given half to the first graders, and the other 800,000 units for seventh grade students, she added.

“The procurement will be divided by regions but the e-auctions for all five regions will take place on the same day,” Kamphu na Ayutthaya said.

Under the One Tablet Per Child (OTPC) policy, this year Thai government ordered 900,000 tablets from a Chinese supplier via the G2G arrangement, and already distributed to the first grade students across the nation.

Kamphu na Ayutthaya said that she was told by Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra yesterday that China has offered to provide a massive loan for full implementation of the OTPC scheme nationwide.

The loan will be big enough to procure tablets for all students,” she said.

According to her, if Thailand accepted the offer, it could procure tablets for all students and gradually repay the debt later.

The Prime Minister already assigned the Education Ministry to study the pros and cons of the offer and determine the budget needed for the OTPC scheme.

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