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Kenya: ICTs Centres to Be Set Up in All Public Schools

The government will spend Sh1 billion to construct ICT workshops in public secondary schools in the next three years. Education PS James Kiyiapi said his ministry has given out computers to 1,050 secondary schools countrywide. They will all be connected to the internet in the first phase of the plan.

The move will help integrate ICT in schools and enable government implement e-learning. "The government has already set aside over Sh980 million towards putting up these innovation and integration centres in our quest to have digital learning across the country," the PS said.

He said this move will assist schools tap the already digitized curriculum developed by Kenya Institute of Education, as well assist schools access vast teaching resource materials.

Publishers like the Kenya Literature Bureau and Oxford University Press have over the last few years digitised some of their titles in anticipation of learning in the digital age, the plan Kiyiapi says will make schools ready for these new delivery models.

"We want ICT to become the language of instructions to all subjects and not only an optional subject. We want apart from being a subject all our students upon completion of form four to have become techno-savvy," Kiyiapi said during a familiarization tour of the upcoming ICT training centre at the Kenya Science-a constituent campus to University of Nairobi.

He said the centre to be inaugurated in May will help train teachers by offering them with computer skills."The best way to inculcate ICT in the civil service and have e-government fully functional is through introducing ICT at primary and high school education because this is where the Kenyan workforce is sourced. We are going for the high schools and after that we will target primary schools as well," he said.To those schools without electricity, he said, the government will provide generators.

However in the earlier phases of installation of ICT equipment he said priority will be given to schools which have already constructed laboratories.

Source: Nairobi Star

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