A total of 318 public primary schools in Kajiado County have so far received laptops issued by the Jubilee government under the Digital Literacy Programme (DLP).
Speaking at Kerarapon Primary School in Kajiado County while launching the DLP on Thursday, Kajiado North MP, Joseph Manje said only 77 primary schools were yet to receive the devices and hailed the project as a huge milestone in ensuring pupils in Kenya embrace the fast changing digital world.
The world is changing very fast and everything is becoming digital. Even the phones we use are digital and it is good to teach our children to embrace it from an early age so as to keep in pace he said.
Manje urged teachers and parents to guide and counsel pupils on internet usage and monitor them so as to ensure that they do not access internet sites that promote immorality.
The Member of Parliament further called on residents to continue co-existing peacefully and shun being incited by politicians against one another during the campaigns.
Condemning the hate leaflets which have been posted in some parts of Ngong and Kitengela towns warning non residents to leave the area before the August General Elections, Manje noted that Kajiado has always been a peaceful county and Kenyans of all tribes have worked and lived together peacefully for years.
He added that as a Kenyan, one is free to buy land and invest anywhere in the country without any fear.
I want to urge all residents of Kajiado to continue living peaceful as they always have. Kajiado has always been a peaceful county. We will not tolerate anyone trying to cause chaos here, as a Kenyan you are free to buy land and invest anywhere you want, he said.
The school’s head teacher, Lucy Riga expressed her joy after receiving the laptops adding that they will help boost the pupils’ performance in national exams
She said a strong room had been constructed for safe-keeping of the gadgets and a computer room set aside to ensure pupils undertake their computer lessons at ease.
45 tablets were handed out to the class one pupils during the launch with their teachers receiving 2 laptops, 1 projector, 1 Content Access Point and 3 hard disks.
The DLP is a Jubilee Government initiative introduced in public primary schools to ensure young learners have the ability to use digital technology and communication tools in learning.
The programme which was launched in January 2017 will see 1.2 million pupils in 23,951 public primary schools in Kenya receive digital devices.
The digital devices, include laptops for teachers, tablets for pupils and braille embossers for special learners, projectors, digital content servers and wireless routers.
Source: Kenya News Agency