India snubs $100 laptop, Nigeria orders a million

— 2:25 PM on July 26, 2006

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 orders.

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."

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