A celebration mood reigned the atmosphere at St. Mary’s Mautuma Boarding Primary in Lugari Sub County after the national government funded laptops for standard one pupils were delivered at the school.
The joyful event was presided over by Mr. George Bateta, from the consortium Moi University and JBIK who is in charge of distributing the gadgets to 26 counties.
According to Mr. Bateta, St. Mary’s Mautuma boarding was the third school in Kakamega County to receive the laptops after Kakamega and Eshiungo primary schools in Lurambi and Butere sub counties respectively.
“The school has received a total of 32 laptops and a projector,” announced Bateta who noted that two laptops will be used by teachers while the remaining will be distributed among standard one pupils at
Bateta pointed out the ongoing laptops distribution exercise among standard one pupils in public schools was part of Jubilee government’s fulfillment on some of the pre-election pledges it made to the electorate in 2013.
The official dispelled fears among parents and teachers over statements made by some critics of the programme who have been alleging that gadgets contained information unsuitable for lower primary learners.
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“But contrary to claims from critics of this noble programme, Kenyans should remain rest assured these laptops have been properly configured with educational material standardized and certified by the Kenya Institute Curriculum Development and the ministry of education,” said Bateta.
According to Bateta the distribution exercise will be complete by end of this week in all the 26 counties under his team.
On her part, the school’s head teacher, Mrs. Esther Mate expressed her gratitude over the government’s decision to list her school among the first lot to receive the gadgets.
She hailed the Jubilee government for finally fulfilling its pledge to standard one pupils, saying the project will in the long run boost academic standards of the country and put Kenya among technologically advanced nations globally.
“Kenya will never be the same again technologically in a few years to come,” remarked Madam Mate.