India rejects one laptop per child program
Posted by egovindia on July 29, 2006
|India rejects one laptop per child program|
|Laptops might weaken the creativity; thinking and analytical capabilities of students|
|Saturday, July 29, 2006|
NEW DELHI: Indian government has turned down the proposal of $100 laptops from Nicholas Negroponte’s one laptop per child (OLPC) project.
The government opined that what are needed for schools at present are more teachers and better teaching tools. By introducing laptops, the creativity, thinking and analytical capabilities of students will suffer.
The aim of the project was to get the PCs into the hands of millions of children in countries including Brazil, China, India and Nigeria, as an educational tool.
The first working prototype of the laptop was shown in May and the OLPC has already received its first order from Nigeria. The African country placed an order of one million of the Linux laptops, although the devices won’t go into production until orders for at least five million have been received.
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