Kenyan government’s one-laptop-per child project gets re-organised

Jubilee’s Digital Programme had intended to provide Class One pupils in the 25,000 public primary schools with a laptop each
Teacher Dorothy Atieno shows pupils of Kibera School for Girls how to use computers at Nairobi on May 19, 2016. – Kibera School for Girls offers free tuition, uniforms, books, and meals to qualifying girls in the Nairobi slum of Kibera, where a good education is difficult to find. The school is the first to offer free education for girls in the area and it garners support from the surrounding community by providing residents with much-needed services. (Photo by SIMON MAINA / AFP)

The Kenyan government has officially suspended the issuance of tablets to its Class One pupils under the digital literacy programme after the Ministry of Education revealed the need for necessary infrastructure for ICT integration first.

The Ministry of Education Principal Secretary Belio Kipsang stated that laboratories will be built instead of issuing tablets to primary school pupils as part of the school laptop project.

Kipsang, who spoke during a meeting with the National Assembly Education Committee, mentioned that a computer lab would be set up in each of the public primary schools in the country.

There has been a policy change in programme from one child-one laptop to the construction of computer laboratories for ICT integration,” stated Kipsang.

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Jubilee’s Digital Programme had intended to provide Class One pupils in the 25,000 public primary schools with a laptop each but was shifted to tablets instead during the roll out of the programme in 2016.

Government reports had however indicated that the project had failed as many of the teachers were not ready for the programme. Last Thursday, Division of Revenue Bill 2019 was tabled in parliament with a bid to allocate extra funds into the project.

According to the proposed document, an additional Sh8.4 million will be given to the project that already has spent an excess of Sh50 billion.

This moves however comes months after Auditor General Edward Ouko had showed that an extra Sh15.2 billion assigned to the project could not be accounted for.

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