NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 1 – The government says all public primary schools across the country will receive laptops and other electronic devices by December this year.
Deputy President William Ruto indicated that 80,000 teachers have already been trained “to make the teaching of information technology in schools viable.”
He was speaking at Malinda Secondary School in Vihiga where he said 18 remaining schools in the area will be connected to electricity in the next two weeks so that pupils in classes 1, 2 and 3 can use the devices.
On Friday, the mass rollout of the 1.2 million school laptop program kicked off with Cabinet Secretaries Joe Mucheru and Mwangi Kiunjuri overseeing the initiative in West Pokot and Bomet counties respectively.
Mucheru was at the Ortum Primary School while Kiunjuri distributed 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.