Uganda: University Students, Lecturers to get Cheaper Laptops


Uganda looks set to join the growing list of countries offering PC purchase incentive schemes with one aimed at students and lecturers. If all goes according to plan, University students and lecturers could soon affordably get laptop computers on hire purchase for as low as $650 (Shs1million). According to a statement from Godfrey Sseruwagi, an ICT consultant in the Ministry of Education and Sports, currently in the US, there is a proposal that students would pay up for the facility over a period of at least one academic year.

The price will not exceed US$650 but paying in installments within two to three semesters." Hon. Alintuma Nsambu, the ICT state minister said American software firms, Microsoft and Intel had joined forces to make a state-of-the-art technology specifically for Ugandan university students and professors.

The proposed laptops will fully be installed with microsoft educational materials and wireless internet reception. Nsambu added that Cisco would also join by having all campuses of Ugandan Universities fully networked with Wi Fi technology for internet.It is projected that 100 laptops are expected to be delivered and ready for deployment in Uganda by December.

The Monitor