30% tablets broken: Govt auditor's report

30% tablets broken: Govt auditor's report

Broken tablets for 30% of Prathom 1 students. Chinese factory damaged by fire so tablets delayed.

Photo taken at the launch of the government One Tablet Per Child program.


Report shows student tablet flaws


Lamphai Intathep

About 30% of 860,000 tablet computers distributed to Prathom 1 students last year are reported to have broken, a source on the tablet committee said.

He said the information was discovered by the Office of the Auditor-General (OAG), which monitored the government's One Tablet PC Per Child policy in its first year of implementation last year.

The OAG also discovered problems in maintaining the Chinese-made tablets for students.

The supplier, China's Shenzhen Scope Scientific Development, had signed an agreement with a local firm, Advice Distribution, to maintain and repair the tablets for two years.

The OAG report revealed that restoration of damaged tablets took a long time and some branches of Advice Distribution were shut down afterwards.

This problem must be investigated to establish whether it went against the procurement contract or not, the source said.

The source, who is an OAG official, refused to give more details about the report, but said it would be forwarded to the tablet committee soon to be taken into account for future tablet schemes.

The source said China's Shenzhen Yitoa Intelligent Control, which won the bidding to procure 431,105 tablet computers for all Prathom 1 students in Zone 1, and 373,637 tablet computers in Zone 2, recently requested a month-long postponement of delivery of the devices.

The company claimed its factory was damaged by a fire.

The source said the company's request was turned down. The company is required to deliver the first lot of the tablets next month, or be fined.

Meanwhile, the Comptroller General's Department (CGD) is expected to issue a ruling this week on whether to revoke a bidding contest for 426,683 tablets for Mathayom 1 students and teachers in Education Zone 3 covering the central and southern provinces.

The contest has been suspended over suspicions of bid rigging.


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  • auditor: someone whose job is to officially examine the financial records of a company, organisation, or person to see that they are accurate - ผู้สอบบัญชี
  • bid: an offer to buy or provide something at a specific price - การประมูล, การให้ราคา, การเสนอราคา
  • bidding (noun): offering to buy/sell something at a specific price - การยื่นเสนอราคา, การประมูล
  • bidding contest: a situation in which suppliers/contractors submit competing bids to provide a service or product -
  • branch: an office, company, shop, etc., representing a large company or organisation in a particular area - สาขา
  • claim (noun): saying that something is true although it has not been proved and other people may not believe it - ข้ออ้าง ข้อกล่าวหา
  • committee: a group of people who are chosen, usually by a larger group, to make decisions or to deal with a particular subject - คณะกรรมการ
  • Comptroller General’s Department: the government department in charge of accounting office - กรมบัญชีกลาง
  • contest: to compete for something - แข่งขัน
  • contract: an official written agreement - สัญญา
  • delivery (noun): the act of taking/sending goods, letters, information, etc. to the people they have been sent to - การส่ง, การส่งสินค้า
  • detail (noun): the small facts or features of something - รายละเอียด, ส่วนเล็กๆ น้อยๆ, ส่วนย่อย
  • device (noun): a machine or piece of equipment that does a particular job - อุปกรณ์ เครื่องมือ เครื่องจักร
  • discover: to find somebody/something, or learning about something that was not known about before - ค้นพบ
  • distribute: to give something to a group of people - แจกจ่าย
  • establish: to determine; to discover something by examining evidence to or calculate something - กำหนด, ระบุ, แสดงผล
  • fine: an amount of money that you have to pay because you have broken the law - ค่าปรับ
  • flaw: a fault; something wrong with something - ข้อบกพร่อง
  • forward: to send onwards - ส่งต่อ
  • implementation: the process of making something such as a plan, system, idea or law start to work and be used - การบังคับใช้ (กฎหมาย)
  • investigate: to try to find out the facts about something in order to learn the truth about it - ตรวจสอบหาความจริง
  • issue (verb): to officially announce - ออกประกาศ
  • launch: to start a new public service - เริ่มโครงการ, เริ่มต้น
  • lot: a group or set of things or people - ชุด,รุ่น
  • maintain: to keep something in good condition by checking or repairing it regularly - ซ่อมบำรุง
  • monitor: to regularly check something or watch someone in order to find out what is happening - ตรวจสอบ ตรวจตรา
  • official: someone with an important position in an organisation - เจ้าหน้าที่
  • policy (noun): a set of plans or action agreed on by a government, political party, business, or other group - นโยบาย
  • postponement: delay - การเลื่อนออกไป
  • procure: to buy supplies or equipment for a government department or company - จัดซื้อวัสดุ เครื่องมือสำหรับบริษัท หรือหน่วยงานของรัฐ
  • procurement: the process of buying supplies or equipment for a government department or company - การจัดซื้อวัสดุ เครื่องมือสำหรับบริษัท หรือหน่วยงานของรัฐ
  • province: one of many divisions of the government of a country into smaller parts - จังหวัด
  • recently (adverb): not long ago - เมื่อไม่นานมานี้, เมื่อเร็วๆ นี้
  • refuse (verb): to say or show that you will not do something; to say or show that you will not do something that someone has asked you to do - ปฏิเสธ
  • repair: to fix something that is broken or damaged - ซ่อมบำรุง
  • request: an act of asking for something in a formal or polite way - การขอร้อง
  • restoration: the work of repairing and cleaning something, etc. so that its condition is as good as it originally was - การซ่อมแซม,การการบูรณะ, การกลับสู่สภาพปกติ
  • reveal: to show something that was covered or hidden - เปิดเผย
  • revoke: to say something is officially no longer legal - ยกเลิก, เพิกถอน
  • rigging: arranging dishonestly for the result of something -
  • ruling  (noun): a judgement; a decision by a court of law - คำตัดสิน คำชี้ขาด
  • scheme: a plan that is developed by a government or large organisation in order to provide a particular service for people - แผนการ โครงการ
  • shut (verb): close - ปิด, ปิดไว้, ทำให้ปิด
  • shutdown (noun): turning something off, so that it is not operating anymore -
  • sign a contract (verb): agree to do something in exchange for something such as money - เซ็นสัญญา
  • source: a place where information comes from; someone who gives information - แหล่ง
  • supplier: a person or company that supplies goods - ผู้จัดหาสิ่งของให้, ผู้ผลิตสินค้าและวัตถุดิบ
  • suspend: to stop for a period of time - ยกเลิกชั่วคราว, ระงับชั่วคราว
  • suspicion (noun): a belief that a crime or improper activity has been committed - ความสงสัย
  • tablet computer: a small light-weight computer device shaped like a book; e.g, iPad, Galaxy Tab, etc. -
  • take into account: to consider; to think carefully about the various factors involved before making a decision or developing an opinion - พิจารณา, คิดอย่างละเอียด
  • turn down: to reject; to not agree with a request, offer or proposal - ปฏิเสธ ไม่ยอมรับ
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