, NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 9 – The Information, Communications and Technology (ICT) Authority has finally picked two consortiums which will kick off the pilot testing of the laptop project in 150 schools across the country.
The winning bidders will now proceed to demonstrate their capabilities in implementing the long awaited Digital Literacy Programme in the selected schools.
Later an evaluation will be made on whether they can start the full roll out of the program across all public primary schools in the country.
“The ICT Authority has achieved a major milestone towards the implementation of the Digital Literacy Programme. It will be moving to the proof of concept in 150 schools across the country. This is after the completion of the evaluation process of the eight suppliers who had submitted their tender responses on the 8th of January, 2016 for the supply, installation and commissioning of the Digital Learning Solution for the 22,000 public primary schools,” the ICT authority announced on Tuesday.
The consortiums include Moi University and JP SA Couto which will cover 26 counties while that of Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology and Positivo BGH will cover 21 counties.
The schools are distributed evenly across the 47 counties with three schools picked and representing urban, peri-urban and rural schools. An additional nine schools are allotted to Special Education Schools.
The key components of the programme will include provision of content for digital learning, provision of digital devices for both learners and teachers, capacity development for teacher and implementers, establishment of local assembly for digital devices and related accessories and broadband connectivity
The project is being implemented through a multi-agency approach that consists of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Industrialization Ministry, Ministry of Energy and Petroleum, The National Treasury and the Office of the Attorney General.
“The ICT Authority is the lead implementing agency for the programme. Other agencies include The Teacher Service Commission (TSC), Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD), Rural Electrification Authority (REA), Kenya Power, Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) and Kenya Primary Schools Head Teachers Association (KEPSHA),” the authority explained.
So far a total of 66,000 teachers have been trained on digital literacy and are awaiting a refresher course in the next few weeks.