GOVERNMENT TO BUY TABLETS FOR ARMENIAN SCHOOLS AT A PRICE HIGHER THAN THE MARKET VALUE: PRESS

04.10.2015 11:30 epress.am

In a Cabinet meeting held on Thursday, April 9, the RA Government
approved the "One child - one computer" phased computerization program
for Grade 1 pupils of secondary schools, "in a bid to boost domestic
production."

During the first round of the program 650 grade 1 pupils in Vayots
Dzor province of Armenia will each be provided an ArmTab tablet;
training courses will be held for teachers; wireless internet devices
will be installed in 45 schools, the press service of the RA Government
reported.

In his article for the local Haykakan Zhamanak daily, titled "It's Just
a Tablet", reporter Hayk Gevorgyan brings up the issues surrounding
the program.

The reporter recalls that on December 6, 2013, RA then-Prime Minister
Tigran Sargsyan presented anArmTab tablet during a Government event,
announcing that it was "the first-ever tablet of Armenian production."

"Then it became clear that the said tablet had no relation to Armenia
whatsoever: the components were made in the USA, while the tablets
themselves were assembled in Southeast Asia. Thus, the Armenian tablet
is ready. What made it different from all the other tablets in the
world was that the software was in Armenian. But that is not really
important. What matters is the price at which these tablets will
be purchased for our children. When the tablet was first presented,
it was announced that the prices would be under $200. According to
the program approved by the Government on Thursday, however, each of
the tablets is to be purchased at 112,000 drams ($235). Right now,
on the world's largest e-commerce platforms (Ebey, Amazon) tablets
equivalent to ArmTab are worth about $180," Gevorgyan stresses.

Therefore, with the help of the Government's program, the ArmTab
tablets will finally find a consumer market and will be sold at quite
expensive prices, the reporter writes.

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