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July 27, 2006

India rejects One Laptop Per Child

Writing about web page http://www.theregister.com/2006/07/26/india_says_no_to_olpc/

One Laptop per Child is Nicholas Negroponte's idea that supplying every schoolchild in developing nations with an inexpensive laptop – around $100 each – will aid education in those countries. Not everyone, it seems, agrees:–

The Indian Ministry of Education dismissed the laptop as "pedagogically suspect". Education Secretary Sudeep Banerjee said: "We cannot visualise a situation for decades when we can go beyond the pilot stage. We need classrooms and teachers more urgently than fancy tools."

It's an interesting question. If your education system is under–funded and under–developed, is computer hardware really the best way to spend $100 per child? Or does giving children laptops have other benefits that reach beyond the educational process?


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