Cabinet Secretaries and Principal Secretaries start delivery of Digischool devices to schools
3 Cabinet Secretaries and 3 Principal Secretaries have today launched the Digital Literacy Programme (DLP) in Machakos, Samburu, Nandi, Nyamira, Garissa, Counties respectively.
Education CS, Dr Fred Matiang’i was in Machakos, Lands CS, Prof Jacob Kaimenyi was in Nandi while Energy CS, Hon Charles Keter led the roll-out in Samburu, Koibem Primary school.
Principal Secretaries who launched the programme today were Prof ColletaSuda in Kapsisi Primary School in ElgeyoMarakwet County, Lillian Mbogo in Garissa County, and Defence Principal Secretary Peter Kaberia in NyamiraCounty,Ring’ombe Primary.
Speaking at Isooni Primary School, Kathiani, Machakos County,DrMatiang’i where he urged the pupils and teachers at the school to make use of the devices, noting that use of technology in learning and teaching would put them at equal footing with the rest of the world.
“Technology is an equaliser. Starting today, you will be able to learn in the same way as children in the developed countries. You will have access to the same resources that children in South Africa, Europe and America have,” he said.
Dr Matiang’i, who was accompanied by the Ag CEO of the ICT Authority Robert Mugo and Director Eunice Kariuki, noted that the Digital Literacy Programme has come with it numerous other additional benefits.
“The Digital Literacy Programme is not just bringing laptops, but also electricity connection to every school and by extension surrounding communities, increased teacher capacity, innovation and creation of a level playing ground that will see all Kenyan children at the same level with their counterparts in the developed world.
He also reiterated the importance of entrenching technology in the country’s education system.
“It is our sincere hope that the devices that are being delivered today will enhance teaching and learning and with time translate to tangible benefits for the country,” he said.
“The National Government has deployed different resources ranging from Education and ICT personnel to beefing up security to ensure the smooth implementation of the programme, please make proper use of these to ensure that you are able to maximize on the benefits that these devices have to offer.”
Throughout October, Cabinet Secretaries and their Principal Secretaries will head out to 61 public primary schools to oversee the inspection and installation of digital devices. The schools are part of the 23,951 public primary schools that will be installed with devices by end of the year.
Energy CS Hon Charles Keter launched the Digital Learning Programme in Samburu County today where he assured of the Government’s commitment to the connection of electricity to all schools. ‘’Out of the 23,000 public primary schools, only less than 500 are remaining and we’re ensuring we deliver in good time. Our teams are on the ground trying to beat the December deadline.’’
The presence of Cabinet and Permanent Secretaries goes to highlight the importance that government has placed on the program.
The next visit to schools by top government officials is expected to be on 7th October. The dignitaries will witness the devices implementation in Homabay, Isiolo and Marsabit Counties.