Schools not well equipped for Digital Literacy Program

Some of the 150 schools earmarked for the Digital Literacy Program that was launched in February are not well equipped for the project, ICT Cabinet Secretary, Joe Mucheru said.

Mucheru said that superior quality must be observed in the roll out of the pilot program, warning that mediocre work and infrastructure will not be tolerated.

The Cabinet Secretary made the remarks when he visited several primary schools in Homa Bay County under the programme on Saturday.

Some 150 schools countrywide were selected to be in the pilot of concept stage of the Digital Literacy Program that aims at integrating ICT in primary school education.

The Cabinet Secretary was accompanied by the Karachuonyo Member of Parliament Eng. James Rege, Deputy County Commissioner, Odillah Ndeti and other local leaders.

He expressed concern over poor workmanship and quality of infrastructure in some of the computer laboratories he visited.

Mucheru was particularly not pleased with quality of recently installed electrical appliances at Gendia Primary School in Rachuonyo South and directed the installations to be done afresh to ensure pupils’ safety.

He told the school deputy head teacher, Mary Ouma that such poor installations were hazardous to pupils in the institution and the electronic equipment that will be entrusted to them.

Mucheru also visited Homa Bay Primary School where he observed that cabinets meant to store the ICT equipment were not done satisfactorily while the quality of sockets installed in the room set aside for the Digital

Literacy Program dubbed digischool were of poor quality observing that some were already broken.

At a press briefing in February, during the launch of the proof of concept phase of the Digital Literacy Program, Mucheru disclosed that the 150 schools selected to be part of the initial phase of the progam were certified to be e-ready by respective head teachers, and county education officers.

The factors used to assess a school’s readiness for the roll out include electricity and metering connection, number of teachers trained, and appropriate availability for device storage.

The proof of concept phase is expected to last three months, during which the successful bidders executing the program will be expected to prove their capabilities in delivering the program’s needs and specifications.

The programme is being spearheaded by Ministries of ICT and that of Education, Science and Technology.

Source: News Agency