$100 laptop to be rejected by India?

The Times of India reports that the Human Resources Department of the Indian Government is opposed to the proposed $100 laptop

HRD contends that spending Rs 450 crore on digital empowerment can be better spent on primary and secondary education. "It is quite obvious that the financial expenditure to be made on the scheme will be out of public funds.

It would be impossible to justify an expenditure of this scale on a debatable scheme when public funds continue to be in inadequate supply for well-established needs listed in different policy documents," the ministry said.

And The Register reports that  the education ministry is far from convinced that this is a good use of funds:

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

The Indian Government is asking the right questions: Is this really the best use of $100 per child? Why is this right for developing countries, but not being rolled out in industrialized countries?

Like many others, I am perplexed by the determination of Nicholas Negroponte, whom I admire, to make this new laptop only available to large-scale government purchasers.

1 thought on “$100 laptop to be rejected by India?”

  1. As Sudeep Baneerjee says that $100 is much costly for Indian poors but every child is impressed with that $100 laptop and want to buy.About 20% of children in India have their own pc.If $100 laptop will be allowed in India it will increase 30%.Our president wants India to be developed.How it will develop.There is need of technology in India.I am also a 11 yrs. Child and wanting to buy that laptop

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