April 25th 2017

Society / Education

Plan on course to give 1.2 million Class One laptops

In Elgeyo Marakwet, 385 out of 418 schools have been connected to electricity, while solar power had been installed in schools that were too far away from the national electricity grid and couldn’t be connected quickly.

By Free Press Reporternewsdesk@kenyafreepress.comSunday, 09 Oct 2016 15:02 EAT

Government officials traversed the country last week distributing laptops to class one pupils. Cabinet secretaries Fred Matiang'i (education), Jacob Kaimenyi (lands), and Charles Keter (energy) presided over delivery of tablets at various schools in Machakos, Nandi and Samburu counties.

Meanwhile principal secretary for education, Collette Suda and other top officials presided over the activities throughout the country. Prof. Suda was in the North Rift, giving 56 tablets at Kapsisi Primary School in Iten, Elgeyo Marakwet County.

The PS said all the 1.2 million laptops in 23,000 schools in the country by December, revealing that nearly all public primary schools in the country are ready for implementation of the digital literacy programme.

“The government through different ministries agencies has made efforts to ensure that the programme is successfully implemented in all primary schools. Almost all schools have been connected to the power grid,” Suda said.

In Elgeyo Marakwet, 385 out of 418 primary schools have been connected to electricity, said the county commissioner Fredrick Ndambuki. The official said that solar power had been installed in schools that were too far away from the national electricity grid and couldn’t be connected quickly.

Prof. Suda urged headteachers to ensure the gadgets are secured. “Headteachers should ensure that the gadgets which will be stored in their schools are safe,” she said, and called on parents and children to be patient as the government continues to implement the programme.

Elgeyo Marakwet deputy governor Gabriel Lagat asked the government to roll out the programme in private schools as well, saying: “We cannot speak of education equality if children in public schools have laptops while their private schools have nothing.”

He said Elgeyo Marakwet County had trained 1,111 teachers on ICT literacy and would soon embark on a digital learning project. The deputy governor said three schools: Iten, Kaptomut and Chugor primary schools received laptops during the piloting of digital learning in the month of May.

Prof. Kaimenyi was also in the North Rift, at Koibem Primary School in Emgwen Constituency where he launched a school digital literacy project. The former education minister said 72,000 teachers have already been trained in the digital literacy project.

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