The Star (Nairobi)

9 January 2014

Kenya: Build Schools Before Laptops, State Told

THE government has been asked to ensure that all Malindi schools have proper buildings before distributing laptops. Ahmad Abdu, the schoolhead at Tahdhib Muslim Academy said many schools in the district operate under trees.

"It will be very unfair for the government to launch the laptop programme without dealing with most important things like building of classes, toilets, storage facilities and libraries among other vital necessities in a school," he said.

Ahmed was speaking to the Star in Malindi yesterday. He said many public school teachers are not computer literate.

"The government should first work towards empowering the teachers before rolling out the program. without this, the project is likely to fail,"Ahmed said.

Separately the Malindi Education and Development Association Coordinator Anisa Menza said many schools in remote areas have no classes.

"I was shocked when I visited one school operating under a tree and the pupil was asking for permission to go 'out' and come 'in'. This is very unfair that the government has not thought of improving these schools but is now thinking of laptops," she said.

Anisa said the laptop program is good but its timing is wrong. "If the project is to be done let it be a pilot project. Otherwise it is going to be a blind project," she said.

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