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Wednesday, July 18, 2012
AmazingThailand and the appearing tablets or not
Both of Thailand's Nearly English Language Dailies can't be right or is it yes we have no tablets, or maybe.
On the 16th the Bangkok Post ran
Tablet distribution delayed
The Education Ministry has postponed the distribution of 45,000 tablets to Prathom 1 students due to a delay in procurement, a source from the tablet management committee said.
The mini-computers were earlier scheduled to be handed out from today in a ceremony arranged by the Office of Basic Education Commission (Obec) at the ministry.
However, the source said the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) has failed to procure the China-made tablets in time to meet the deadline set by Obec, which passed last Friday.
ICT Minister Group Capt Anudith Nakornthap admitted yesterday he has not yet received a report from a procurement committee, but expected the procurement should be finished early next week.
The 45,000 tablets are the first batch of 400,000 tablets which the government has ordered from Shenzhen Scope Scientific Development at a price of $US32.8 million (about 1 billion baht).
Scope is gradually delivering the products to Thailand, and hopes to have all delivered by next month.
Earlier, the ICT's procurement committee sampled 500 out of 59,000 tablets and found only seven of them had some flaws, including a disorder concerning the touchscreen display.
The flaws are acceptable under an international criteria, known as MIL-STD-105E, which says that, among 150,000 products, the number of defects cannot exceed seven for main items and 14 for accessories.
How does the above constitute Passing? If 7 in 500 fail isn't that 21 in 150,000?
While today rival The Nation
First lot of tablets to be distributed
The Office of the Basic Education Commission (Obec) will distribute its first batch of nearly 50,000 tablet PCs to Prathom 1 or Grade 1 students across the nation today, Obec secretary-general Chinnapat Bhumirat said yesterday.
He said the distribution would be alphabetical starting with provinces that begin with "kor", the first Thai letter - Krabi, Kalasin, Kanchanaburi, Kamphaeng Phet and Krungthep (Bangkok).
Up to 48 per cent of Prathom 1 will be given tablets initially, but all should have one this semester.