NAIROBI, Kenya, September 28 – The government is set to roll out a countrywide distribution of 1.2 million laptops and other electronic devices to public primary schools through the Digital Literacy Programme set to be launched this Friday.
A statement from the Ministry of ICT points out that all Cabinet Secretaries and Principal Secretaries will lead the distribution of devices to the schools in different parts of the country over the next one month.
The devices which include laptops for Teachers and tablets for pupils are fitted with KICD approved syllabus with the content for class 1 and 2 available in 5 subjects.
Early this year, the government kicked off a pilot project in which 150 primary schools acted as a test bed in readiness for the full implementation of the program.
According to President Uhuru Kenyatta, the issuance of free laptops to primary school pupils will help give Kenyans a competitive edge in the advancing world of technology.
The government hopes that providing laptops to children from less privileged families will equip its workforce with skills needed to foster growth.