May 13, Colombo: Sri Lanka Ministry of Cooperatives and Internal Trade announced that steps are being initiated to provide the students with laptops and internet connection at cheaper rates.
The Ministry signed MOUs in this regard yesterday with the Ministry of Education and Etisalat, the Emirates-based telecommunications company.
The Secretary of the Ministry Sunil Sirisena said that the students would be able to buy laptops from the State Trading Corporation at a price 25% lower than elsewhere.
Etisalat agreed to provide internet services to the school students and teachers at concessionary rates up to a bandwidth of 3.75 gigabytes. The service will permit entry to websites only useful for students in education purposes, a spokesman of the Ministry said.