The national government has asserted its commitment of distributing laptops to all standard one pupils in primary schools throughout the country by next year to aid in the curriculum so as enable the children to be conversant with technology at an early age. Speaking at Kapsokwony primary during the launch of the program, Francis Mwaura an ICT director in the ministry of ICT said the government has invested Kshs. 17 billion in the program and will be able to cater for 1.2 million class one pupils across the country.
However, he called upon the teachers and the pupils to take good care of the gadgets to enable them last longer and also be able to help others later.
Lands Principal Secretary Mariam El Maawy who was the chief guest during the program launch said the government is committed to ensuring the education sector is streamlined to suit the needs of the current evolving world and the ICT ministry is key to have technology incorporated in the right way to boost the sector.
She disclosed that the program will not only be strictly for class one pupils but will spread to all other classes in primary school saying the only thing that will change will be the content as per the class.
The Principal Secretary also thanked Safaricom for its partnership with the ministry of education and ICT saying it will be able to provide internet services to upgrade the systems regularly as well as have the curriculum provided in good time.
She further called upon teachers to also embrace ICT in their own way saying things are changing in their own way very fast and they have to move with time so as to remain to be relevant in the society and also in their line of duty.
Reacting to KNUT executive Secretary Stephen Chemonges plea to have all schools acquire title deeds El Maawy said as a ministry they will work on the issue to fast track the process so as all schools will have the vital document to help them in transacting other projects.
She further assured residents of Chebyuk settlement scheme of getting title deeds in the 2nd and 3rd phase saying the 1st phase has been successfully completed to enable them settle and continue with their lifestyles normally.