First batch of primary school laptops arrive

August 5, 2016 4:25 pm
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The ICT Authority, the lead agency in the rollout of the project, expects to distribute 600,000 devices to 11,000 schools during the first phase/FILE
The ICT Authority, the lead agency in the rollout of the project, expects to distribute 600,000 devices to 11,000 schools during the first phase/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 5 – The delivery and installation of tablets and laptops to all primary schools is set to commence in earnest next week after the gadgets started arriving in the country on Friday morning.

The first batch arrived aboard a Kenya Airways flight and were received by various government heads including Principal Secretaries Eng Victor Kyalo and Sammy Itemere from Ministry of ICT, Belio Kipsang, Ministry of Education and Julius Korir from Industrialisation Ministry.

Overview
  • The ICT Authority, the lead agency in the rollout of the project, expects to distribute 600,000 devices to 11,000 schools during the first phase.
  • During the second phase, another 600,000 devices will be delivered in the remaining primary schools and this will bring the total number of devices to over 1.2 million and cover all 23,951 primary schools by March, 2017.
  • The rollout of this phase follows a successful pilot phase, where 12 000 devices were installed in 150 schools countrywide, three schools in every county and nine special education schools

KQ is expected to ship in a total of 20,000 devices in the course of August while more devices are scheduled for arrival in September by sea.

“The delivery today is only the start of many deliverables that will happen in the coming months as we get our children into digital learning. We will be delivering to all 23,801 remaining public primary schools by March 2017,” Kyalo said at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport where he inspected the delivery of the devices.

In addition to the devices that will be shipped in this month, more devices will be arriving by sea in September, where 2-5 containers, carrying 7,000 devices per container will arrive each week.

The devices will be installed in selected phase 1 schools.

The ICT Authority, the lead agency in the rollout of the project, expects to distribute 600,000 devices to 11,000 schools during the first phase.

During the second phase, another 600,000 devices will be delivered in the remaining primary schools and this will bring the total number of devices to over 1.2 million and cover all 23,951 primary schools by March, 2017.

The rollout of this phase follows a successful pilot phase, where 12 000 devices were installed in 150 schools countrywide, three schools in every county and nine special education schools.

The pilot, referred to as Proof of Concept, was used to gauge the capacity of contractors to undertake the project.

The contractors comprise of two consortia, including Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT)/Positivo BGH and Moi University/JP Courto. Their contracts were signed in early July after successful implementation of the pilot phase.

“The Proof of Concept (POC) phase undertaken throughout May and June has been very successful. During this phase, we were been able to equip 150 schools with the 12,000 Digischool devices and they are now using these devices in learning and teaching,” he said.

Belio Kipsang Principal Secretary Ministry of Education said the ministry together with other stakeholders including the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) had been undertaking training for teachers to up their capacity in ICT.

“The training ensures that the teachers are equipped with practical skills on the use of the devices for teaching and learning purposes. It also focuses on model class scenarios with class management software, content developed by KICD and basic support and maintenance procedures,” he said.

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