The ministry is seeking suitably qualified suppliers to submit a tender proposal for the supply and delivery of 200 laptops and 110 iPads.
Education ministry’s information technology and communications director Robert Matheson said the devices were part of their annual capital procurement for teacher and student devices.
“These devices are part of a rolling five year forecasted replacement schedule that maintains a 5:1 student to device ratio in schools,” Matheson said.
The existing devices, he said, would continue to be used in schools until they reached their “end of life.”
In 2015, the Education ministry put out a similar tender inviting for the bulk supply of iPad Minis for schools in the Cook Islands.
“The 2015 procurement was all part of the replacement schedule that maintains a 5:1 student to device ratio in schools,” Matheson said.
The latest tender which closes on Thursday, September 6 at 4pm, says that to participate in the tender process, interested businesses will need to register on the portal as a supplier.
As part of the registration, they will also need to specify relevant “Business Categories” for their business.
“Prospective tenderers should include this category when registering on the system. Should there be any issues registering please advise the MFEM Tender Contact as soon as possible and alternative registration processes will be given,” the tender notice said.
“The MFEM Tender Contact will acknowledge receipt of the registration. Only registered tenderers will receive notices directly as and when they are issued. It is the responsibility of the tenderer to ensure they are properly registered for this RFT.”