Cameroon – Chinese Laptops: Scheduled for October, the computers will instead be available from February 2017

Written by Deckson N.

The information was released by the news of the CRTV National Station on 22 September.

It is an information that holds the Emergence Daily newspaper about the news of CRTV National Station of 22 September. In its edition of 30 September 2016, the newspaper said on the airwaves of the national radio that according to Jacques Fame Ndongo, Minister of Higher Education (MINESUP), students will come into possession of the computers promised by the Head of State between February and March 2017. For the newspaper, the announcement comes from “the logic of backpedaling” from the fact that the distribution of the said computers was originally scheduled “for the month of October.

For Emergence, the wait may be long for students of universities and large state schools already waiting for the precious gift. “You can imagine what will be the disappointment of students who already had hopes,” it wrote. To recall, on 27 July, the Ministry of Higher Education made the signing of an agreement called “e-National Higher Education” with the Chinese company Sichuan Telecom Construction Engeneering Co. Ltd. The daily says that the said agreement “was intended to extend the use of ICT by Cameroonian students in October 2016“. But we should add that this action initiated by Paul Biya, the Head of State, is part of the “Youth Special Plan“.

On the cost of the project estimated at CFAF 75 billion, the newspaper points out that this is a “pharaonic debt” granted by China Exim Bank. However, it must be said that at the presentation ceremony of the prototype of these computers, the Minister of Higher Education said that “there is a presidential and off operation aimed at making available to 500,000 Cameroonian students information technology support for stowage in the academic digital economy.

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