25 Jan '12, 8am

Thailand's "One Tablet Per Child" policy draws mixed views - Channel News Asia: The NationThailand's "One Tablet...

Thailand's "One Tablet Per Child" policy draws mixed views - Channel News Asia: The NationThailand's "One Tablet...

BANGKOK: Thailand's new education policy will provide a free tablet PC to every Grade 1 child in the kingdom. Under a pilot programme, the Ministry of Education gave tablets to 600 students in different schools. In theory, it makes sense to give young students an equal opportunity to keep up with changing technologies. Tablets can serve as English teachers for schools who cannot afford to staff native speakers. However, the initial handout of tablet PCs went to five prestigious urban schools, leaving rural Thai students in the dust. Amnuay Sunthornchot, head of the Values for Building the Nation Chat Club, said: "Lack of proper curriculum is the most serious issue in national education. These days, Thai students are not studying what they are going to use in real life. So the 1.6 billion baht education budget should be spent on curriculum development." The hope is for tabl...

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