Two pupils held for stealing school tablets

Police have arrested two pupils in connection with the theft of 15 tablets meant for digital literacy learning programme (DLP) in Kwale County.

Two tablets were recovered from the Standard Six pupils, both aged 16 who were also found in possession of two rolls of bhang, according to Matuga police boss, Mr. Joel Chesire.

Mr. Chesire said thieves broke into Yeje Primary School at night and made away with the devices during the August holidays.

He said the suspects were reported by fellow pupils who saw them playing computer games using the gadgets at home.

Mr. Chesire said that the suspects are in custody and were helping police with investigations, adding that they were optimistic the remaining gadgets will be recovered.

The serial numbers on the recovered devices gadgets had been scrapped off but luckily ICT officials managed to identify them, he added.

He urged parents to closely monitor their children’s movements, particularly during school holidays to prevent them from falling into mischief and criminal activities.

Mr. Chesire said the two suspects will be arraigned in court on Monday once investigations were over.

A wave of burglaries targeting the devices hit the county especially in 2017, when DLP was rolled out raising public concern about the safety of the devices in schools but the crime has since abated following several arrests.

In one incident, 100 tablets were stolen from Mwena Primary School in Lunga Lunga. Some of them were recovered in Kwale and Mombasa and four suspects arrested.

The government initiated DLP as part of its flagship programmes underscored in the ruling Jubilee Party manifesto.

The programme aims at aligning integration of ICT into teaching and learning for standard one pupils in public primary schools.

Source: Kenya News Agency