Insecurity in school causes concern for Laptop project

Insecurity incidents in schools that benefitted from the laptop project that was rolled out in the first term of the Jubilee government are causing concern to school administration.

Wangunyu primary school in Karura of Kiambaa sub-county almost lost their 85 tablets on the day they received them following a botched robbery that compelled the school administration to relocate them to an alternative room.

The deputy head teacher Mrs. Madeline Mbaire while showing KNA the broken roof through which the robbers hoped to gain access to steal the tablets said the school administration was suffering due to the state of insecurity.

We cannot keep them here because they will be stolen the same day, she said, further noting that the theft in the school was being abetted by former pupils of the school who either dropped out or completed primary school but have continued to remain jobless.

She however mulled at the generosity of the school in donating a parcel of land for the construction of a multi-purpose hall and rehabilitation centre which was launched by the First Lady Mrs. Margaret Kenyatta on July 29 ,2017.

Mrs. Mbaire explained to KNA that when the magnificent facility was being constructed, the school was meant to understand that they would be keeping their tablets in the resource centre for security reasons.

When you stand on the balcony of that facility and look at our school, it is a sprawling slum and you would not believe the two are in the same compound, she said.

We had even been promised that we would be using the multipurpose hall for mass because this is a big school and during mass, we need ample space so that people can be comfortable. This has not happened and the hall has remained locked despite the launch as we pray in the open field, she said.

Wednesday, a perimeter wall was being put round the rehabilitation centre and Mrs. Mbaire regretted that they were being fenced out to deny them access.

A spot-check by KNA revealed that it took the assistance of class 8 pupils to ferry the tablets from the temporary location to the class where the children could use them during computer lessons.

The exercise is quite cumbersome as they had to be carried for 30 minutes before the class began. The same would be repeated after the lesson was over, therefore risking breakages. On the day a class is using the tablets, they spend the entire morning or afternoon because of the technicalities involving in setting them ready.

She observed that due to the challenges involved in the storage of the laptops, they only use them twice a week.

She added that the supply of power was also another challenge that ailed the school usage of the gadgets.

The gadgets have to be fully charged to enable them go for 90 minutes and the school normally experiences power outages, she said.

Her school received 85 tablets and some pupils have to share as enrollment of classes one and 2 surpassed the number of what was supplied.

Source: Kenya News Agency