Uhuru: I’ll improve education, healthcare

April 16, 2013 4:44 pm
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He said despite the Laptop promise seeming ambitious to some people, his government was committed to ensure all children had tools to compete in the digital age/PPS
He said despite the Laptop promise seeming ambitious to some people, his government was committed to ensure all children had tools to compete in the digital age/PPS
NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 16 – President Uhuru Kenyatta has reiterated his government’s pledge of improving education standards in the country.

While addressing a joint session of National Assembly and Senate in Parliament on Tuesday, the Head of State said the Government intends to propose a Sessional paper that will provide for an increase in the number of Institutes of Technology in every county.

“My Government will also focus on education. We all understand that education and employment are inter-linked. We are in a global economy that is knowledge-based and technology driven,” Kenyatta affirmed.

He said despite the Laptop promise seeming ambitious to some people, his government was committed to ensure all children had tools to compete in the digital age saying that the country had the capacity to provide them.

“Yes, our ambition is great but the scale of that ambition is the only one sufficient to meet the scale of our nation’s challenge. As such, I call upon both Houses to work with me to ensure that in future, the laptops we provide are assembled locally,” he said.

The President further pledged to ensure that all government health centres had the capacity to serve the country and establish policies that will ensure that all Kenyans have access to well-equipped health facilities and well trained and motivated health care workers.

Kenyatta has also pledged to work with the County Governments to ensure they progressively roll out their commitment to provide free primary healthcare to every Kenyan by 2020, starting with children, persons with disability, pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers.

The President promised to ensure that the constitution was implemented and all his pledges delivered.

“As part of our commitment to the implementation of the Constitution we shall continue to review current legislation to ensure compliance with Constitutional provisions,” the president assured the country governors.

The governors have lately complained that the executive was frustrating their operations by failing to release funds in time.

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