11 January 2017

Kenya: Upper Primary to Benefit From Laptop Project

The government is set to to expand the digital learning program to include pupils from Standard Four to Eight.

The Director of ICT Authority Paul Rono said the expansion will be implemented during phase two of the program.

"We are hoping to complete phase one in 6 months, after which the government will embark on giving the tablets to the rest of the primary school students," Mr Rono said.

He spoke at Kipkewa Primary School in Kuresoi North during the opening of a digital literacy programme.

He added that the government would also make the digital content and the teacher training program available for private schools for free.

"However the government does not have a way of availing the devices to them. The contractors will have to look into that," he said.

Mr Rono was accompanied by the Industrialization Principal Secretary Ali Noor.

Mr Noor said ground work for a plant that will facilitate the local assembly of tablets had begun.

Mr Noor said the plant would be used to produce more digital devices that would be available to members of the public.

"This plant will create employment for digital content developers and publishers in the country," he said.

The school received 48 tablets, 2 laptops and a projector.

So far, 330 schools in Nakuru County have received the digital devices.

A total of 691 schools from the county will benefit from the Digital Literacy Programme, including 21 special needs schools.

Over 1.2 million digital devices will be delivered to public primary schools countrywide.

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