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Tablet supplier to drop out of deal

A Chinese supplier chosen for the government's "One Tablet Per Child" project has expressed an intention to terminate the deal.

The imminent termination means no Pathom 1 students will get the devices in the current academic year.

Shenzhen Yitao Intelligence Control Co successfully bid to deliver 804,742 tablets to the project last year. But it has not made any deliveries to date.

"The firm has informed the Office of the Basic Education Commission that it wishes to terminate the contracts," caretaker Education Minister Chaturon Chaisang said yesterday.

He said the company had cited Thailand's political instability, a lack of mutual understanding in the terms of reference, and communication obstacles as the causes behind its inability to deliver the tablet computers on time.

The delay in the delivery has prompted Obec to impose a fine of well over Bt2 million a day on the firm.

The Obec procurement committee is now considering confiscating the Bt120-million security deposit submitted by the Chinese company, which will likely appeal. Chaturon said there had been many problems over procurements for the One Tablet Per Child project.




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