Kenya Pupils To Get Laptops

sickness geneva;”>Chaired by President Uhuru Kenyatta, decease Cabinet on Thursday, July 4, approved the implementation strategy for ICT integration in schools presented by the Cabinet Secretary for Education, Science and Technology.

Under the strategy each pupil entering Standard One in January, 2014 will be provided with a laptop computer.

The programme will also see construction of storage facilities for computers in all schools, while the Ministry of Education will immediately embark on training teachers who will be responsible for teaching using the computers.

In addition the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) will develop digital content in readiness for the roll out of the programme in January, 2014.

According to minutes of the July 4 Cabinet meeting, the Ministry of Energy and Petroleum has in the meantime embarked on connection of electricity to schools to ensure electricity is available for the computer programme.

“In cases where electricity is not available solar energy/panel installation programmes will be undertaken, while the cost of the project was initially expected to cost Kenya Shillings 15Billion in the first phase, the cost of the Laptops has now come down to USD 100 (Kshs.8,500) per computer,” part of the minutes read in part.

The savings realized will go towards capacity building in schools, training of teachers and digital content development.

The move is likely to boost the quality of education in Kenya as school-going Kenyans get acquainted with computer technology at an early age.


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