A number of lakh college students of lessons 9 to 12 learning in authorities colleges in Andhra Pradesh have been on Monday left upset 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 value the federal government Rs. 12,000. “We’re planning to distribute the Tabs by September this 12 months,” a senior training official stated.
As the category 8 college students must carry the identical Tab to the additional lessons, a laptop computer won’t be required, in line with the official.
Each pupil moving into class 8 in authorities and aided colleges every year can be given the Tab.
Final 12 months, 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 decreased by Rs. 2,000) below Ammavodi scheme, which is supposed to encourage moms to ship their youngsters to varsities.
He stated the laptops can be delivered within the 2022 tutorial 12 months.
Accordingly, 8,21,655 college students of lessons 9 to 12 opted for laptops as an alternative of the money dole. Over 1.10 lakh of those college students have been in any other case lined below Vasati Deevena, one other freebie scheme.
However the authorities couldn’t ship the promised laptops, because it didn’t strike a cope with the suppliers over costs.
Final week, Training Minister Botsa Satyanarayana stated they have been negotiating the value with the suppliers and it might 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 tackle on the Ammavodi occasion, the CM solely spoke about distribution of Tabs to class 8 college students and didn’t point out laptops.
“I’m in school 10 and opted for a laptop computer as an alternative of money. However now we’re informed that there isn’t a laptop computer. I could have to attend for one more 12 months, if they provide it in junior inter (class 11),” lamented Ok Naga Prabha of Guntur.
Authorities sources stated the duty of procuring laptops was entrusted to the AP Expertise Providers. The APTS sought to buy every laptop computer for Rs 18,000, relying on the configuration.
Nonetheless, the suppliers have been stated to have quoted a value 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 attributable to scarce manufacturing, attributable to scarcity of chipsets,” a high official coping with the difficulty informed PTI.
The additional monetary burden on the state can be Rs 657 crore if laptops have been bought on the charge quoted by the suppliers, he identified.