Thailand Delays Tablets For Schools Decision

By Salon Staff

Published March 6, 2012 11:54AM (EST)

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's Cabinet has delayed a decision on awarding a contract to supply 900,000 tablet computers for all the country's students in the first year of primary school.

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra says the issue was not on the agenda of Tuesday's Cabinet meeting because the Information and Communication Technology minister needed to further study the deal's details.

She said the delay did not imply any problem with the winning bid from Shenzhen Scope Scientific Development Co. Ltd.

The minister, Anudith Nakornthap, had announced Monday that a special committee had picked the Chinese company to supply the tablets for a lowest-bid price of $81 each.

Three other Chinese companies, Huawei, TCL and Haier, also bid.

Salon Staff

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