India rejects one laptop per child program

CIOL Bureau
New Update

NEW DELHI: Indian government has turned down the proposal of $100 laptops

from Nicholas Negroponte's


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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