The government has spent more than Sh50 billion to roll-out the digital learning programme in all public primary schools across the country, Principal Secretary for Energy Joseph Njoroge said yesterday.
Speaking at Gatuanyaga Primary School when he officially launched the digital learning programme in Kiambu County, Mr Njoroge explained that out of the KSh50 billion, KSh33 billion has been used to connect public primary schools to electricity while the remaining Ksh17 billion has been spent to purchase the laptops and their operating systems.
Mr Njoroge, who was accompanied by the Thika Town MP Alice Ng’ang’a, promised that by December this year, all public primary schools will have been connected to either hydro-power or solar energy ensure that quality learning in schools is enhanced.
“The implementation of the digital learning programme is part of the wider plan by the Government to create knowledge based economy as envisaged in the Vision 2030 development blue print and the government has put a lot of emphasis on its success,” he said.
“The programme which is targeting over a million Standard One pupils is set to be implemented in all the public primary schools in all the corners of the country in the next two months and the Ministry of Energy has equally accelerated installation of electricity”.
He explained that over 60,000 teachers have already been trained countrywide as trainers of trainers in an effort to ensure that ICT skills are fully introduced in all the public primary schools.
Dr Njoroge revealed that in Kiambu County, over 1,430 teachers have been trained to champion ICT installation and education in 477 public primary school in the area over and above what the Jubilee government had committed itself to.
Gatuanyaga Primary School is amongst the schools in the most remote areas in Kiambu County but already, four classrooms have been installed with electricity, and a strong room constructed through cost sharing with cash from CDF. School Head Teacher Mr Bernard Njoroge Kariuki said this is meant to ensure that the laptops are safe and operational.
He told KNA that since the laptops were issued to the school at the beginning of this term, the rate of absenteeism in Class One and Two had been reduced to zero as learning has become interesting to the pupils. (KNA)