It was joy and jubilation for pupils, teachers and parents of AIC Visa Oshwal Primary School Kabarnet after they received government laptops Thursday at the school.
Tunes of Mambo sawa sawa by the over 1000 pupils ranted the air at the schools ground as 182 tablets and accessories for the government Digital literacy program was launched.
The pupils could not hide their joy on the historic occasion that is bound to change the style of teaching in public schools in the country.
Alpha Kiplagat, a standard one pupil made a moving speech thanking the Jubilee administration for the gadget to a thunderous applause by the other pupils and teachers.
“I want to thank President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto for the gadgets and it would be my joy to welcome them in our school to witness us using the lap tops,” said County Director of Education Mr. Daniel Mosbei. He asked the teachers to make good use of the digitization project and ensure that the children are computer literate by the time they finish their primary education.
School head teacher Mr. Job Kimitei also thanked the jubilee administration for fulfilling its pledge of supplying every class one pupil with a tablet.
“As you can see the pupils are overly excited and the only thing we are saying is thank you to the head of state and the deputy president,” said the Headteacher.
According to John Sergon, who is a Director of ICT at Ministry of Information, Communication and Technology, 150 schools had been assessed and found to be e ready for the programme and thus selected for the pilot phase.
“The Programme is a fulfillment of Jubilee manifesto which gears to digitize education in Kenya, we are now working to ensure that all the other primary schools are e- ready by ensuring they have infrastructure and are connected with electricity,” said Mr. Sergon.
He divulged that they were working with Ministry of Interior to ensure there is sufficient security in schools for the gadgets being piloted by Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology and Moi University.
Konza Techno City CEO Mr. John Tanui said the project would go a long way in creating innovation and creativity in the Kenyan population hence creating job opportunities.
Three other schools set to benefit from this pilot phase in Baringo County are Moi Primary School Kabartonjo which will get 48 tablets, two instructors’ laptops and a projector, Esageri Primary School which will receive 29 tablets, one instructor laptop and a projector and Kabarnet special school.
The Programme which is a jubilee flagship Project had failed to take off in the last three years due to court cases over disputed tender process.
SOURCE: Kenya News Agency