Primary school headteachers in the country yesterday declared that they are ready for the introduction of ICT in primary schools through the government's laptop project. They called on the government to expedite the project saying education ideas should not be delayed.
Kenya Primary School Headteachers Association chairman Joseph Karuga said the fact that the project is being initiated at the primary level of education makes it more important.
Speaking during the start of the Kepsha annual conference at the Sheikh Zayed Children Centre in Mombasa yesterday, Karuga said such projects are best initiated at the formative stages of a child's life, where there is little inhibition.
He said it is critical that the project be introduced in schools correctly. Kenyan schools, he said, must be able to produce children who can compete with others around the world.
"It is not a question of if and when it is being introduced in schools. It is how it is implemented that is most important," Karuga said.
He said the laptop project's time has come and should be implemented perfectly. "We should not wait at a certain time when we are ready. You don't delay an idea in education because you don't the growth of a child," Karuga said. He said the primary schools headteachers must be involved in the implementation of the project.
Headteachers are not policy makers, but they have to take part in policy making. "We should not be only consumers of information. We need to be part of the policy making process in one way or the other," he said.
Karuga once again revisited the capitation issue of the Free Primary Education saying without an increase in the Sh1,020 to their proposed Sh8,000 per annum, the quality of education will be negatively affected.
He said the quality of education is also affected by the contact time between teachers and children. He said the teacher to children ratio, which should ideally be one teacher per 40 children, is very significant.
At the moment, on teacher averagely deals with about 80-100 children. Karuga said they have a shortage of 60,000 teachers in primary schools.