A second consignment of 730,000 tablet computers has been delivered to Thailand and will be distributed to schools pending random inspection of specifications by the Information and Communications Technology Ministry.
Starting next week – if the whole lot passes inspection – the tablets will be distributed to schools in Chon Buri, Chainat, Chaiyaphum, Chumphon, Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai, Trang, Tak, Nakhon Nayok, Nakhon Pathom, Nakhon Phanom and Nakhon Ratchasima. The order of distribution was arranged by the Office of the Basic Education Commission (OBEC), said secretary-general Chinnaphat Phoomirat. The remaining 3,427 units in OBEC custody from the first consignment of 55,000 received by first graders on July 19, will be distributed to all specified provinces.
Under the rules of the inspection, Chinnaphat said 500 units would be selected randomly from every 35,000 units, and only seven units were allowed to fail the test for the 35,000-unit lot to pass.
He said school reports showed students given the tablets were becoming increasingly familiar with them, making their learning fun and enjoyable. An OBEC seminar will be held soon in Kanchanaburi to evaluate the use of the tablets and students’ performances afterwards.
Citing reports from Bangkok-based schools, Chinnaphat said students given the tablets had shown good concentration in their lessons and schoolwork – especially in English, science and math – considered the most difficult subjects.
A senior education official in Kanchanaburi, Jamnong Yordkham, said only two units out of 2,288 distributed locally did not work after their batteries failed to recharge.
He said the broken units had not been sent to the manufacturer for repair, because the company had no offices in the province.
Another official in Kamphaeng Phet, Somwut Sriamphai, said he did not know if there was a local office of the manufacturer in his province.