Uptake of digital learning devices in Bungoma still slow

Five years after the digital literacy project initiated by the Jubilee government targeting learners in all public primary schools , 10 percent of the schools in Bungoma have not been reached.

Bungoma Information Communication Technology Officer Collins Jensen Kiprotich says that of the 741 schools in the county, at least 667 had received the devices.

He told KNA that even with the provision of the devices, most schools were still playing catch-up with just a few learning how to incorporate these new tools within their curriculum.

He mentioned some of the challenges faced in providing access to education technology in schools including negative attitude of the teachers who were resistant to change hence some of the devices have never been opened.

Other challenges include inadequate training of teachers on the use of the devices, lack of electricity in some schools, theft, and lack of trust by heads of schools in their teachers who were supposed to implement the project thus locking up the devices in their offices.

He said that the ICT Ministry in collaboration with the Teachers’ Service Commission was in the process of organizing training of all curriculum support officers, quality assurance officers and teachers dealing in education technology across the country in an attempt to try bridge the gaps.

He said that the new technology would make insignificant impact on learners if teachers were not also provided with training and professional development to help them evolve from the conventional teaching practices.

Learners on the other hand were very keen on the new technology and those who have adopted were well ahead.

He said that lack of adequate security in some schools had led to theft of the devices in certain schools and several theft cases in relation to the losses were pending in court.

Source: Kenya News Agency