Turkey: Erdogan gives 700,000 free tablets to students
Just days before the June 7 elections, the Turkish president has promised further support for Turkish students and teachers across the country Anadolu Agency reported
Addressing a ceremony at the Ankara chamber of commerce ATO Friday, where around 3,000 students and teachers had gathered, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced: "We are now giving out 700,000 tablets in 81 provinces to the students and giving them [as part of the government's support] for the education system."
The distribution of the tablets began across Turkey after the announcement.
Earlier, the government had handed over 737,800 tablets to teachers and students across the country. The current round of distribution will be for mostly class ninth schoolchildren, the Turkish Education Ministry said on its website.
The president highlighted that the tablets, which would be used as educational tools in the classrooms, had been produced locally and had superior qualities than most other brands in the market.
He added that there would be more such distribution of tablets in the near future.
"We will deliver 10.6 million more tablets after 2016 within four years," Erdogan said. He added that the tenders for the project had already been made.
He also said that the local tablet production would support the domestic information technology sector.
The locally-produced tablets have a multi-core processor with 2 gigabytes of RAM, 32 gigabytes of internal memory, a high resolution 10.1 inch screen, WIFI capability, and front and rear cameras, the ministry website said.
Also, a two year warranty will be provided for the tablets, while the battery life would have a four-year warranty.
The tablet PCs will be loaded with pre-installed educational applications. Teachers will be able to interact with students and design new course works using the tablets, while students will be able to take notes directly on their tablets, the website added.