Free laptops for Kenyan children due in November

May 21, 2013 12:49 pm

, KEYBOARDNAIROBI, Kenya, May 21, The Ministry of Education has announced that it will issue laptops to class one students between November and December this year.

Speaking to journalists in Nairobi, the Cabinet Secretary for Education Jacob Kaimenyi said that the ministry has also created content for the pupils and will soon call on all Key stakeholders to verify if the content is relevant.

“The government is keen on delivering its promise to the pupils… the laptops will be delivered, and the content has been created for them,” he explained.

Kaimenyi stated that the laptop project will cost Sh20 billion for first phase, rising to Sh70 billion in the entire programme, which the government has already budgeted for.

He urged the Kenya Institute for Curriculum Development and the Kenya Publishers Association to work together to make the project a reality instead of disagreeing over who should create the content.

Kaimenyi however noted that Kenyans have a poor reading culture pointing out that it should be revived in children so as they get motivated to get into higher levels of learning.

“Our reading culture in this country is not as good as it should be. We must take an initiative as a nation to reincarnate the spirit of reading in our children,” he explained.

The Jubilee government promised free laptops to school going children during its campaigns.

This is one of the enormous tasks Kaimenyi has in his new docket. He is also tasked with establishing technical colleges in every county to boost the labour market with human capital to raise local production.


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