University Students to Get Cheap Computers in Uganda

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The Government will help students in tertiary institutions get laptop computers.

Alintuma Nsambu, the information communication technology (ICT) state minister, said the students would acquire the computers at a cost of $400 (about sh680,000), which is below the selling price on the local market.

"In the next five weeks, every university student will have access to a laptop computer," Nsambu said at the opening of the Uganda telecom Government ICT Expo 2008 at Serena Hotel in Kampala on Friday. He said students would be required to pay part of the money each semester.

Nsambu noted that 60,000 public servants would also get computers through a loan scheme managed by the Stanbic Bank. The bank offers the loans for the purchase of the laptops in four repayment packages of either, 12 and 24 months, or 36-months time. The 48-months package is for civil servants who have accounts with the bank and are servicing other loans with the same bank.

The civil servants, however, must be earning a salary of over sh120,000 to qualify for the offer. They also have to deposit sh50,000 at the collection of the laptop to cover internal handling, transport, insurance and storage.

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