President Uhuru yesterday asked primary school headteachers to embrace the laptop project. He also asked for patience as the government strives to improve the education sector.
He said the project will have the domino effects of providing power connections to more schools especially in rural areas. "The transformation has begun and there is no looking back," said Uhuru.
Uhuru however told the Kepsha conference at Sheikh Zayed hall in Mombasa not to expect "good fruits overnight". The President said though there are huge expectationson him, he is human and will only deliver what he is able to. He said he will ensure the government delivers on its promises in the shortest time possible.
Earlier, the teachers had asked the state to better their remuneration saying they are managers of the public institutions that take care of the country's young generation.
Uhuru said he will work with teachers' representatives to ensure their demands are met. "You are a critical part of helping us achieve objectives that we set up for this nation.
But if something is not possible at this moment, should I give you my blood so that I remain without any? Have mercy on us," he said. Uhuru said the contact time between teachers and pupils, which he put at less than 50 per cent, must be improved.
He said this will be done if the teacher to children ratio is improved. He said the low transition rate of pupils from primary to secondary schools is a cause of great concern to his government.
"My administration will ensure we remove financial and non-financial barriers to ensure access to education," Uhuru said. He said he intends to ensure 32 per cent of the national budget is dedicated to the education sector by 2018. The President asked the headteachers to improve their capacity to implement the laptop project.