Many children are still waiting for new content to be installed in their tablet computers, weeks into the new school year.
Prathom 1 students learn how to use tablet computers. The students have now taken the devices with them on to Prathom 2. TAWATCHAI KHEMGUMNERD
Prathom 1 students who received tablet computers under the government's One Tablet PC Per Child policy last year have now moved on to Prathom 2, and need new content.
Without new content appropriate for Prathom 2 students, they cannot use the learning tools.
The new semester has been under way for two months, but the process of installing the Prathom 2 content at many of the schools is still taking place.
Chinnapat Bhumirat, secretary-general of the Office of the Basic Education Commission (Obec), said the process of installing the content for second-graders would be finished before the end of the first semester in September.
Several learning applications developed by the British Council and Thailand Knowledge Park (TK Park) would be available for Prathom 2 students.
Sinuan Donprairak, director of Wat Wang Khan School in Suphan Buri's Dan Chang district, said staff from a primary educational service area had installed content for all tablets at her school.
Sangravee Vajavude, director of Rajavinit School in Bangkok, said content installation is in progress, so tablet-based learning among second graders has yet to start.
A director of a primary school in a rural area of Chon Buri who asked not to be named said Prathom 2 students are now studying with textbooks as the tablets at his school are not yet ready.
Last year, the school had to wait weeks for tablets to be delivered.
This year, Prathom 1 students were inconvenienced again, as it was taking weeks for their new lesson content to be installed on to their tablets, she complained.
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