Apple Inc will lend tablets to children in 20 schools to help Thailand test the effectiveness of learning through tablets.
The move is part of its corporate social responsibility programmes.
The Office of the Basic Education Commission (Obec) will select 20 schools to participate in the project.
One Tablet per Child is one of the populist policies of the Pheu Thai-led government in last July's elections.
It involves giving tablets to Pathom 1 and Mathayom 1 students countrywide, with the goal of accelerating children's learning curve.
However, the project has yet to take off due to procurement problems.
Testing is still being done on the products from the Chinese tablet producer Shenzhen Scope, which won the bid to supply the project.
The government will spend 5.4 billion baht to buy 1.7 million units for Prathom 1 and Mathayom 1students in fiscal 2013.
Of the total budget, Obec has received the lion's share, 4.1 billion baht.
An Obec official said Apple would like to be a part of the project by providing its iPad for 600 students in 20 classrooms, and organising training courses for teachers.
"Apple will train teachers to use the tablet and develop education applications to share in Apple's App Store. The project participants will be able to use iCloud service to store content. The project will kick off this year." said a senior official who declined to be named.
The source added that for fiscal 2013 starting Oct 1, the Education Ministry has already sought a budget to buy tablets for 860,000 Prathom 1 students and 800,000 Mathayom 1 students.
"We'll use the seven-inch display tablet with a median price of 3,400 baht per unit. The 10-inch tablet costing 6,000 baht per unit is too expensive. However, the final budget will be considered by a parliamentary committee by June 27," said the official.
Shenzhen Scope Scientific Development delivered 10,000 tablets to the Information and Communication Technology Ministry yesterday.
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