“One Tablet Per Child” tablet manufacturer goes bankrupt

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BANGKOK, 3 January 2014  The Chinese tablet PC manufacturer for the “One Tablet per Child” program by the Ministry of Education has gone into bankruptcy and expressed its intention to terminate the deal.

Advisor to Minister of Education Kitti Limsakul said on Monday that the Shenzhen Yitao Intelligence Control company, the winner of the tablet procurement auction for Grade 1 students in four regions, was closed down on 30 January 2014. The company had already informed the Office of the Basic Education Commission of its business closure and requested for the tablet deal cancellation.

The company confirmed it still wanted to take part in the tablet program but it wrestled with the problem of delayed delivery, the advisor said

Mr Kitti said an urgent meeting between the “One Tablet Per Child” program would be held to solve the situation and confirmed the ministry would not scrap the program.