6 September 2011

Kenya: E-Learning to Start in 3 Years

A computer curriculum learning programme should be completed in the next three years, Kenya Institute of Education director Lydia Nzomo said yesterday. Nzomo said a delayed roll out of the e-learning programme in schools would further increase the costs to the project. "It should not take longer than three years to fully roll out the curriculum digitization and e-learning strategy in Kenyan schools," Nzomo said.

She said the programme is important because some people are purporting to introduce e-learning in our schools with obsolute computers. Nzomo said the programme has been ongoing in schools (secondary schools) with a digitized curriculum in Form one and two in some subjects. Form three and four will soon have their digitized curricular finalised, Nzomo said.

Nzomo was speaking at a stakeholders meeting yesterday at KIE. The stakeholders are expected to make suggestions on how to improve the curriculum digitization and e-learning draft strategy. The strategy has been developed on a pilot project using 20 schools.

According to the programme the roll-out will improve access and quality in schools. The programme has also established that 74 per cent of stakeholders are aware of the computer technology. Internet access in schools however remains low at 42.5 per cent while teachers also need to be trained in computer use. "Few teachers have knowledge in ICT skills," part of the draft strategy states. The strategy integrates South Korean and Malaysian experiences of implementing the same programmes in schools.

Education secretary George Godia said the government through the Ministry of Education has allocated Sh480 million to the programme. It is however estimated that the whole project to ensure that schools are equipped with computers will cost Sh3 billion. KIE senior deputy director said there could be more than 3,000 secondary schools already with access to computers.

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