NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 30 – The much anticipated countrywide mass roll-out of the 1.2 million school laptop program kicks off Friday with Cabinet Secretaries Joe Mucheru and Mwangi Kiunjuri overseeing the initiative in West Pokot and Bomet counties respectively.
Mucheru will be at the Ortum Primary School while Kiunjuri will be distributing the gadgets at the Kapkikorwet Primary School.
Next week, Education CS Fred Matiang’i will spearhead the initiative in Machakos while his Environment counterpart Judi Wakhungu will be in Nairobi on October 25.
Qualified ICT officials have already been deployed to the counties and sub counties as quality inspectors to oversee installation of the devices.
The devices including laptops for teachers and tablets for pupils, are fitted with Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development approved content, and was one of Jubilee Government’s key campaign pledge.
Tourism’s Najib Balala will next Tuesday preside over a similar launch at Ucekeini Primary in Gatundu, Kiambu County, as Cleopa Mailu launches at Mwandishe in Mwatate, Taita Taveta County.
Energy CS Charles Keter will preside over the launch at Baragoi Primary in Samburu County as Lands CS Jacob Kaimenyi officiates at Koibem in Nandi County.
Permanent Secretaries Peter Kaberia, Karanja Kibicho, Collette Suda, Lillian Mbogo and Paul Mwangi have each been assigned schools in Nyamira, Elgeyo Marakwet, Garissa and Mandera counties respectively.
Water CS Eugene Wamalwa and his Foreign Affairs counterpart Amina Mohammed will conclude the exercise on October 28.
The plane carrying the first batch of 20,000 tablets from China arrived in the country last month.