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Education Minister Suchart Thada-Thamrongvech promises Prathom 1 students will get their tablets this year on schedule as the PM says she wants to take another look at which tablet to by for them.
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A student tries his hand at computer-based learning during an Education Ministry sponsored exhibition showcasing national educational development efforts ahead of the launch of the Asean Economy Community in 2015. The exhibition runs until today in Halls 1 and 2 at Impact Arena, Muang Thong Thani. THITI WANNAMONTHA
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Tablets delayed as PM wants a second look
Yesterday, it sounded like a “done deal”.
Information and Communications Technology Minister Anudith Nakornthap announced that Shenzhen Scope Scientific Development Co had beaten three other Chinese companies to win a contract to supply 900,000 tablet computers for first graders in government schools at a price of US$81 (2,482 baht) apiece.
Late last night, however, the Associated Press reported that the government had put off a decision on buying the Scope tablets because Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra had ordered a second look at the deal.
Ms Yingluck told officials her decision "doesn't imply any problem," the AP report said.
The Scope tablet was never the favourite on the committee assigned to choose the tablet, a source from the Education Ministry told the Bangkok Post. Most had preferred the units proposed by Huawei Technologies Co, but the company wanted $135 per tablet, far more than the three other bidders.
As the budget was too low to buy Huawei tablets, the Scope bid was considered the best choice.
Pansak Siriruchatapong, director of the National Electronics and Computer Technology Center, said the specifications of the Scope tablets matched the requirements set by the government panel in charge of the project.
"There is nothing to worry about in terms of safety. Students may normally not be allowed to charge the battery by themselves," Mr Pansak said, adding that the tablets have six hours of battery life – enough for use in study time.
Whatever brand is eventually approved, Education Minister Suchart Thada-Thamrongvech said the tablets will be distributed to Prathom 1 students this year and they will be able to keep them for themselves after three years of use.
Students will be allowed to take the devices home.
Mr Suchart added that the government plans to hand out tablet computers to Mathayom 1 (Grade 7) students in the next academic year.
Adapted from a story in today’s Bangkok Post by Suchit Leesa-Nguansuk and Lamphai Intathep and an online report from our online reporters.
try your hand – to do something such as an activity or a sport, especially for the first time ลอง
exhibition – a public show where art or other interesting things are put so that people can go and look at them นิทรรศการ งานแสดง
showcase – to show the best qualities or parts of something แสดงจุดเด่นของสิ่งของหรือคน
launch – to start something เปิดโครงการ, เริ่มต้น, เริ่มทำ
done deal – an agreement or a plan that has been finally completed and agreed
delay – to make something happen at a later time than originally planned or expected เลื่อน
tablet computer – a small light-weight computer device shaped like a book; e.g, iPad, Galaxy Tab, etc.
put off – to delay; to put back to a later time; to postpone เลื่อนออกไป
imply – to suggest that you think something without saying it directly บอกเป็นนัย, แสดงนัย
favourite – something you like the best of all similar things ที่ชอบมากที่สุด, ที่โปรดปราน, ของโปรด
source – someone who gives information แหล่งข่าว
prefer – to like or want more than anyone or anything else ชอบมากกว่า
propose – to suggest an idea for a group to consider เสนอ
budget – an amount of money able to be spent on something งบประมาณ
bidder – a person or company who makes an offer to buy/sell something at a specific price ผู้ประมูล ผู้ยื่นเสนอราคา
bid – an offer to buy or provide something at a specific price ยื่นเสนอราคา
consider – to regard as; to think of as ถือว่า
specifications – a detailed description of how something is, or should be, designed or made ข้อมูลจำเพาะ (มักปรากฏท้ายคู่มือผลิตภัณฑ์ต่างๆ เช่น เครื่องใช้ไฟฟ้า)
match – to be the same as or very similar to something else เท่าเทียมกันกับ, เท่ากันกับ
requirement – something that you must have or do in order to do or get something else ข้อกำหนด, ข้อบังคับ
panel – a group of people who make decisions or judgments คณะกรรมการ
project – a planned piece of work that is designed to find information about something, to produce something new, or to improve something โครงการ
brand – a type of product made by a particular company ตรา, ยี่ห้อ
eventually – at the end of a period of time or at the end of a process ในที่สุด
approved – given official agreement or permission ได้รับการรับรองแล้ว
distribute – to give something to a group of people แจกจ่าย
device – a machine or piece of equipment that does a particular job อุปกรณ์ เครื่องมือ เครื่องจักร
academic year – school year ปีการศึกษา