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Mumbai school 'asks' 840 students to buy iPads

15.12.2011 12:37 EST

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Mumbai: "We moved from blackboards to interactive boards and from there to laptops and now, it is the iPad2." (Vandana Lulla, Director, Podar International School)
The government may be patting itself on the back for creating the world's cheapest, Android-based tablet Aakash at not more than Rs 3,000, but the homegrown gizmo is clearly not the Apple of this posh city school's eye.
The middle and high school education at Podar International School in Santacruz seems ready to integrate Steve Jobs' legacy in daily learning. In a recent circular dated December 9, the school management informed parents that it has decided to introduce iPad2 inclassrooms from the next academic year. While some parents welcomed the move, others feel the fancy tablet is not feasible for children.
The second edition of the iPad, which costs Rs 40,000, is being introduced for the 840 students of Std VI to XII.But, says director and principal of the school Vandana Lulla, the tablet is no mandatory. The school's circular, however, mentions no alternative for parents who are not entirely sold on the idea, activists point out.

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