5 thousand computers will be purchased, another 30 thousand. will be leased. In total, 9.2 million litas were allocated for the purchase of computer hardware. Eur. The service package also includes an internet connection.
“We did a market analysis. We will not receive such a large number of computers – several tens of thousands – at present in Lithuania, which will take up to several months. That's why we turn to business companies to rent computers and tablets. We are in contact with the municipalities, they are preparing so intensively for distance learning, they are looking for different options, they are mobilizing the social partners, they also plan to use the resources they have at their disposal and give their students computers and tablets in schools. We also ask for the public's help to lend or donate computers and tablets directly to schools, and to hand them over to those most in need, ”says Algirdas Monkevičius, Minister of Education, Science and Sports.
Every tenth pupil in Lithuania comes from a socially disadvantaged family, more than 30 thousand. children. The purchased computers would be distributed to municipalities based on the number of students from socially sensitive families living in its area, to ensure that all students have access to distance learning.
According to the Minister, the procurement calls for the very prompt assistance of specialists from the Public Procurement Office, the Special Investigation Service.
“We want complete transparency in procurement,” says the minister.
Educational institutions are preparing for distance learning from March 30th. There are over 300 thousand students in general education schools. of pupils.