Govt scraps plan for tablets for students

Govt scraps plan for tablets for students

Children play with a tablet
Children play with a tablet

Education Minister Nataphol Teepsuwan has abandoned plans to buy tablets for students with schools closed nationwide due to the coronavirus outbreak.

"The ministry will focus on maximising our existing resources and will not invest money buying new equipment unnecessarily. We will ask for digital TV channels from the National Broadcasting and Telecommunication Commission for teaching via Digital Learning Television (DLTV)," said Mr Nataphol.

His remarks mark a U-turn from Wednesday when the minister was reported saying he would seek a budget from the government to purchase tablets for high school students in state schools across the country to use after their schools were closed to slow the spread of Covid-19.

Mr Nataphol did not explain the change of plan, although the Education Ministry has a history of failed attempts to provide computers and tablets to students. Past schemes drew criticism over the quality of the tablets and software as well as for being a waste of taxpayers' money.

Mr Nataphol told the media yesterday the ministry is collecting information from schools in various regions to find the most appropriate way to continue educating students during these unusual circumstances.

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  • appropriate: (opposite: inappropriate) suitable or right for a particular situation or purpose - ที่เหมาะสม
  • circumstances (noun): facts or conditions that affect a situation - เหตุการณ์แวดล้อม
  • criticism: comments that show that you think something is wrong or bad - การวิจารณ์
  • fail (verb): to not do something - ผิดพลาด, ล้มเหลว
  • invest: to spend money on something in order to make it better or more successful - ลงทุน
  • maximise: to increase something as much as possible - ทำให้มีสูงสุด
  • resource: a supply of something that a country, an organization or a person has and can use - ทรัพยากร
  • tablet: a small light-weight computer device shaped like a book; e.g, iPad, Galaxy Tab, etc. -
  • taxpayer (noun): ordinary people and businesses who pay money to the government as taxes - ผู้เสียภาษี, ผู้ชำระภาษี
  • U-turn (noun): a complete change in policy or behaviour, usually one that is embarrassing; a turn of 180° that a vehicle makes so that it can move forwards in the opposite direction - การเปลี่ยนโดยสิ้นเชิง, การเลี้ยวหรือทางเลี้ยวเป็นรูปตัว "U"
  • unnecessarily (adv): without any need; in a way that is not needed or is more than is needed - โดยใช่เหตุ, โดยไม่มีเหตุผล
  • unusual (adj): different from what is usual or normal - ผิดปกติ
  • waste: the failure to use something valuable in an effective way, so that it does not produce the benefits that it could - การสูญเสียไปโดยเปล่าประโยชน์
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