India snubs $100 laptop, Nigeria orders a million
The government of Nigeria has placed
an order for one million "$100 laptops" from the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) initiative.
The laptops will likely cost around $140, according to VNUnet, as unit prices aren't expected to sink to $100
until 2008. Furthermore, the OLPC project won't kick off production
until orders for 5-10 million laptops have been secured. Thus far, the
OLPC association is in talks with countries like Brazil, China, Egypt,
and Thailand, and VNUnet says other nations are close to placing
While many countries are interested in the OLPC project, India is currently
snubbing it. India's Ministry of Education believes the
OLPC laptop is "paedagogically suspect," and Indian Education Secretary
Sudeep Banerjee says, "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." According to Banerjee, money for the laptops
would be "better spent on existing education plans."