Kids across Thailand are in for a treat. The country's Ministry of Information and Communication Technology announced that it will distribute close to 1.7 million tablets PCs this April to primary and middle-school students. Their teachers won't go home empty handed because 54,000 of them will get free tablets too.

The handheld PCs will remain the property of the schools for three years, after which ownership will be transferred to the students.

The free tablets are part of a series of pledges the Puea Thai party made two years ago, which helped it win the election. Opposing political parties accuse Puea of populism over its election promises. Tie ups with companies based in China, India, Germany and the Netherlands made it possible for the Thai goverment to give away tablets that are worth about $100 each.