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Obec wants to continue with tablets for students

THE OFFICE of Basic Education Commission (Obec) is pushing for the One Tablet Per Child project to continue.

"We will seek a budget of more than Bt4 billion for purchasing tablets for the 2014 academic year," Obec secretary-general Apichart Jeerawuth said yesterday.

The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), which is now running the country, will meet with ministries related to social psychology today. The seven ministries, including the Education Ministry, have been asked to submit their urgent policies.

Suthasri Wongsamarn, permanent secretary for Education, said yesterday that the One Tablet Per Child project was among the urgent issues, though the focus would likely be on completing the pending purchase for the 2013 academic year.

"For the 2014 academic year, we will have to review whether tablets should be handed out to all students. There has been some discussion on whether we should switch to using tablets for smart classrooms instead," she said.

Both Suthasri and Apichart are also planning to seek immediate funding for schools affected by the recent earthquake and aftershocks in the North.

"We will need about Bt250 million budget to repair and rebuild school buildings," Apichart said.




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