The Star (Nairobi)

13 August 2014

Kenya: Kaimenyi Promises Schools ICT Boost

THE government will give ICT equipment to 200 secondary schools every year, Education Secretary Jacob Kaimenyi has said. He was speaking at Karima Girls' High School in Nyandarua county yesterday where he and ACK Archbishop Eliud Wabukala commissioned a Sh24 million ICT centre.

The two were accompanied by Nyandarua Governor Waithaka Mwangi. "My Ministry will provide the equipment because the world is going digital and we have to move with the times," Kaimenyi said.

He said the concept of e-Learning has made education cost-effective. Kaimenyi praised the government for its plan to give laptops to class one pupils. Wabukala promised to donate a computer to Karima Girls' school.

He however warned the girls to guard against learning immoral behaviour through bad use of the internet. "Go to the internet to enrich your life but not to make your mind impure," he said.

"As you grow to become adults, I urge you to speak carefully, choose your words wisely and always allow Jesus Christ to become your role model because Jesus led by example and not mere words."

Waithaka urged the government to devolve primary and secondary education. "We need to appreciate the fact that pupils in Nyandarua are in a different situation from those in Turkana. County governments should be allowed to provide facilities in their schools in accordance with the varied needs," he said. He said parents blame counties for poor infrastructure in schools yet the national government has resisted pressure to devolve education.

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