Year 2 for Govt's tablet programme

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Obec readies for next round of tablet buying

Contracts for 1.8 million devices up for grabs
 
Lamphai Intathep

The Office of Basic Education Commission (Obec) will organise an electronic auction to procure about 1.8 million tablet computers next month, pending cabinet approval.

The devices will be distributed to Prathom 1 (Grade 1) and Mathayom 1 (Grade 7) students when the next school term starts in May, Obec secretary-general Chinnapat Bhumirat said.

He said his office would stage the auction to procure tablet computers on behalf of seven other education organisations.

The organisations all supervise schools where Prathom 1 and Mathayom 1 students will receive free tablet computers under the government's "one tablet per child" policy.

The students keep the tablets as they progress through the academic levels, meaning Obec must procure tablets for all new Prathom 1 and Mathayom 1 students each year.

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Mr Chinnapat will ask the cabinet this week for approval to allow Obec to organise the e-auction.

The committee is now assessing how many devices need to be ordered.

A source on the committee said more than 1.8 million tablets will be needed for the 2013 academic year.

A committee on the terms of reference for the auction has concluded that tablet computers for Prathom 1 students will be acquired for 2,720 baht a piece.

They will have seven-inch screens, eight gigabytes of storage space and 1.5GHz dual-core processors.

Tablets for Mathayom 1 students will be purchased at 2,920 baht a piece and will have eight-inch screens and double the storage capacity.

The terms of reference for the auction will be slightly different from previous auctions.

The warranty period for the new devices will be halved to one year and device specifications will be brought up to date with modern standards.

Instead of a single procurement contract, there will be 10 contracts in five zones, covering the North, the Central Plains, the upper Northeast, the lower Northeast and the South. Bidders will be able to win no more than two contracts.

If the cabinet approves Obec's request this week, the e-auction will take place next month, the source said.

The source said last year Prathom 1 students received about 860,000 tablet computers.

Mr Chinnapat said Obec was now examining whether all of the tablets handed out reached the target students.

It is also researching the use of the devices, specifically the efficiency of their operating systems, batteries, processor speed and memory storage, as well as the behaviour of users.

He expects some of the research results to be made public after the current school term ends next month.

He also said Prathom 2 and Mathayom 2 content for students who received the devices last year would be ready for their next school term.

Meanwhile, the department source said last year's supply of 8,600 "spare" tablet computers, which are used as replacements for faulty or damaged devices, had now been exhausted.

Students are now responsible for their own repairs and replacements.

round – one of a series of events, activities, etc. รอบ
device – a machine or piece of equipment that does a particular job อุปกรณ์ เครื่องมือ เครื่องจักร
up for grabs – available to be won มีให้ชิงชัยกัน
commission – an official group of people who have been given responsibility to control something, or to find out about something, usually for the government  คณะกรรมการ, คณะกรรมาธิการ
auction – a usually public sale of goods or property, where people make higher and higher bids (= offers of money) for each thing, until the thing is sold to the person who will pay most การขายโดยการประมูล, การขายทอดตลาด
procure – to buy supplies or equipment for a government department or company จัดซื้อวัสดุ เครื่องมือสำหรับบริษัท หรือหน่วยงานของรัฐ
pending – waiting to be dealt with, settled or completed ยังค้างอยู่, ซึ่งยังไม่จบสิ้น, อยู่ในระหว่าง
cabinet – the group of government ministers who make and approve government policy คณะรัฐมนตรี
approval – official permission การอนุมัต
distribute – to give something out to many different places  แจกจ่าย
stage – to organise an event or activity จัด
on behalf of – as a representative of ในนามของ ในฐานะของ
supervise – to be in charge of an activity and to check that everything is being done correctly  ดูแล ควบคุม
policy – a set of plans or action agreed on by a government, political party, business, or other group นโยบาย
academic – relating to education เชิงวิชาการ
level – a position or rank ระดับ
assess – to carefully consider a situation, person, or problem in order to make a judgment ประเมิณสถานการณ์
source – someone who gives information แหล่งข่าว
terms of reference – the instructions that someone must follow when they study, examine or carry out something the instructions that someone must follow when they study, examine or carry out something ขอบเขตของงาน, รายละเอียด เงื่อนไขหรือข้อกำหนด
conclude – to decide that something is true after looking at all the facts you have ตัดสินใจ, สรุป
storage space – storage capacity; the amount of something that can be kept in a place, building, container, device, etc. ความจุ
processor – a part of a computer that controls all the other parts of the system อุปกรณ์อิเล็กทรอนิกส์เพื่อสร้าง จัดเก็บ ตรวจแก้ พิมพ์คำ ข้อความ (ทางคอมพิวเตอร์)
slightly – small in size or amount เล็กน้อย
warranty – a written agreement in which a company selling something promises to repair or replace it if there is a problem within a particular period of time การรับประกัน
halve – to reduce by a half; to make something reduce by a half ลดลงครึ่งหนึ่ง, หั่นครึ่ง
specifications – a detailed description of how something is, or should be, designed or made ข้อมูลจำเพาะ (มักปรากฏท้ายคู่มือผลิตภัณฑ์ต่างๆ เช่น เครื่องใช้ไฟฟ้า)
plains – a large area of flat land ที่ราบ
bidder – a person or company who makes an offer to buy/sell something at a specific price ผู้ประมูล  ผู้ยื่นเสนอราคา   
target group – (in this case, students) the intended customers or market for something กลุ่มเป้าหมาย
research – to make a careful study of a subject, especially in order to discover new facts or information about it ทำการวิจัย
efficiency – the ability to work well and produce good results by using the available time, money, supplies etc in the most effective way ความมีประสิทธิภาพ
operating system – a set of programs that controls the way a computer works and runs other programs ระบบปฏิบัติการซึ่งควบคุมการทำงานของคอมพิวเตอร์
behaviour – the way that someone acts or behaves พฤติกรรม, การกระทำตัว
make public – to make information about something generally available เปิดเผย, เผยแพร่
current – of the present time ปัจจุบัน
meanwhile – at the same time ในเวลาเดียวกัน
spare – to save or set aside สงวนไว้
replacement – something that replaces something else สิ่งทดแทน; อะไหล่
faulty – not perfectly made or not working correctly ซึ่งมีข้อผิดพลาด
exhaust – to use all of something so that there is none left ใช้หมด
responsible for – to have a duty to do something มีความรับผิดชอบ
repairs – fixing something that is broken or damaged การซ่อมบำรุง

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