80pc of digital project complete, says minister

The government has so far accomplished 80 per cent of the Digital Literacy Learning Programme in public primary schools, Education PS Kipsang Belio has said. He said this was one of the flagship programmes for the Jubilee administration, adding that everything was on course to accomplish the project.

He said, so far, the ministry and other partners in the programme has supplied more than 900,000 devices to 18,000 primary schools across the country. He said more than 100,000 teachers have also been trained in the programme.

In a speech read on his behalf by Paul Rono, a director of Information Communication Technology Authority at Kaptebeswet Primary School ground during completion and commissioning of Digital Literacy Programme for schools in Kericho county, Belio said the programme is aimed at equipping young learners with digital literacy skills necessary for the 21st Century for the socio-economic transformation.

“This is the way to go in terms of socio-economic prosperity for our country and the government is on course to accomplish this programme. This is in line with the government curriculum reform agenda to make education competitive,” he added.

The PS at the same time said Kericho with 503 primary schools is the first county in Kenya to complete phase one of the programme. “We have done it all.

The 503 schools in the county have received the digital devices. New schools will be considered in Phase Two of the programme. We are therefore happy to commission Phase One of the programme here,” he said.

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