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Andhra Pradesh Government Drops Laptops For Tabs To Students To Cut Costs

Andhra Pradesh Government Drops Laptops For Tabs To Students To Cut Costs


Andhra Pradesh Government Drops Laptops For Tabs To Students To Cut Costs

Each scholar moving into class Eight in authorities and aided faculties every year will likely be given the Tab.

Amaravati:

A number of lakh college students of lessons 9 to 12 finding out in authorities faculties in Andhra Pradesh had been on Monday left dissatisfied because the state couldn’t hold its promise of delivering them laptop computer computer systems.

Authorities sources now say the proposal to distribute laptops has been dropped as “they’re pricey and plenty of digital studying apps do not work on them”.

Now, the federal government is considering to distribute solely Tabs (pill computer systems) to college students of sophistication 8.

Every Tab, loaded with digital studying content material, will price the federal government Rs 12,000. “We’re planning to distribute the Tabs by September this yr,” a senior training official stated.

As the category Eight college students should carry the identical Tab to the additional lessons, a laptop computer is not going to be required, in accordance with the official.

Each scholar moving into class Eight in authorities and aided faculties every year will likely be given the Tab.

Final yr, Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy introduced that college students of lessons 9 to 12 may go for laptop computer computer systems in lieu of the Rs 15,000 dole (now lowered by Rs 2,000) beneath Ammavodi scheme, which is supposed to encourage moms to ship their youngsters to varsities.

He stated the laptops could be delivered within the 2022 educational yr.

Accordingly, 8,21,655 college students of lessons 9 to 12 opted for laptops as a substitute of the money dole. Over 1.10 lakh of those college students had been in any other case lined beneath Vasati Deevena, one other freebie scheme.

However the authorities couldn’t ship the promised laptops, because it didn’t strike a take care of the suppliers over costs.

Final week, Schooling Minister Botsa Satyanarayana stated they had been negotiating the value with the suppliers and it could be finalised and the laptops delivered to college students together with Ammavodi.

Nonetheless, the CM solely launched the distribution of the money freebie, within the third spherical of Ammavodi, on Monday by way of an official’s laptop computer.

In his deal with on the Ammavodi occasion, the CM solely spoke about distribution of Tabs to class Eight college students and didn’t point out laptops.

“I’m at school 10 and opted for a laptop computer as a substitute of money. However now we’re instructed that there isn’t a laptop computer. I could have to attend for an additional yr, if they provide it in junior inter (class 11),” lamented Okay Naga Prabha of Guntur.

Authorities sources stated the duty of procuring laptops was entrusted to the AP Know-how Providers. The APTS sought to buy every laptop computer for Rs 18,000, relying on the configuration.

Nonetheless, the suppliers had been stated to have quoted a worth of Rs 26,000 per laptop computer, making it unaffordable for the federal government.

“There was additionally the issue of provide. The required variety of devices weren’t available as a consequence of scarce manufacturing, attributable to scarcity of chipsets,” a high official coping with the difficulty instructed PTI.

The additional monetary burden on the state could be Rs 657 crore if laptops had been bought on the fee quoted by the suppliers, he identified. PTI DBV ROH ROH

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