The government is continuing with the distribution of over 12 000 devices to 150 public primary schools. The distribution began on 4th April, 2016 with an initial delivery to four primary schools and is earmarked to end on 14th May. The pilot schools and schedule of delivery can be accessed on: http://digischool.icta.go.ke/installation-manual/

The government is continuing with the distribution of over 12 000 devices to 150 public primary schools. The distribution began on 4th April, 2016 with an initial delivery to four primary schools and is earmarked to end on 14th May. The pilot schools and schedule of delivery can be accessed on: http://digischool.icta.go.ke/installation-manual/

The devices will be used for teaching and learning by pupils in primary schools across the country. The 150 schools earmarked under Proof of Concept (POC) phase has the two bidders (Moi University and JP Couto and Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) and Positivo BGH) demonstrate their capability to distribute and install the devices to all public primary schools in the country come July, 2016.

The successes and challenges during the POC phase will inform the full rollout of the Digital Literacy Programme, which has been branded Digischool. Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Dr Fred Matiang’i said the exercise was a major milestone towards preparing young Kenyans to be competitive globally. He added that the pilot will pave the way to the full implementation of the programme come July.

“In July this year, we will start the delivery of devices to 11 000 schools as we start the rollout of the programme in earnest. By March next year, we expect to have covered all 23,951 public primary schools. A total of 1.2 million devices will be delivered to public primary schools across the country by next year,” he said.

Others present were Education PS Dr Belio Kipsang, Dagoretti South MP Denis Waweru,  JKUAT Vice Chancellor Mabel Imbuga, and acting ICT Authority CEO Robert Mugo. Dr Matiang’i spoke when he inspected the handing over of 104 devices to Musa Gitau primary school in Kiambu County and 115 devices to Ndurarua Primary School in Nairobi County.The devices being handed to schools include; luminous green tablet for the pupils, sky blue laptop for the teachers, projector and digital content server and wireless router. Special schools will receive a sky blue laptop for special needs learners and a Braille embosser.

The devices are pre-loaded with content for Standard 1 and 2 in five subjects, approved by the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD). Content for other classes will be made in the coming months. KICD is working towards getting learning content available on multiple platforms.

Teachers will use laptops as their main tools of instruction while pupils will use tablets. The laptops can be used for developing content and applications. The devices have been designed with the pupils in mind, with hardened glass, toughened exterior and critical components mounted on shock absorbing materials.

During the April 2016 holidays the programme embarked on a robust teachers training.  The programme in conjunction with the Teacher Service Commission (TSC) trained 300 teachers from the 150 pilot schools. At least 3 teachers in all the 23,000 schools have been trained on ICT. About 66,000 teachers have been trained.

Over 22,237 schools have been connected to the national electricity grid. The Ministry of Energy and Petroleum said it is in the final stages of connecting the remaining schools.Two consortia were selected were selected for the supply, installation and commissioning of the devices in the proof of concept phase.  JKUAT and Positivo BGH form one consortium and will cover 21 counties. Moi University and JP Couto form the second consortium and will cover the remaining 26 counties. The two sets of bidders will be evaluated based on their performance during the pilot phase.

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