Kenya Institute of Education to promote ICT at school

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The Kenya Institute of Education has partnered with the private sector to promote use of ICT in schools, a move aimed at improving performance of learners. Under the partnership with Safaricom and Microsoft, teachers will receive training on ICT and schools will be supplied with computers, e-learning accessories and high speed internet connectivity. Some 210 teachers from all over Kenya were selected and trained to be ICT champions in their respective counties.

The initiative makes it easy for public schools being funded under the Computer for Schools Economic Stimulus Programme to access e-learning resources. Under the programme, five secondary schools in each constituency will get Sh900, 000 each to buy computers and their softwares.

Speaking during the launch of the programme at KIE yesterday, KIE Director Lydia Nzomo said the institute has already developed e-learning materials for form one and two as well as for primary school. "For teachers to be efficient and remain relevant, they need to be familiar with ICT as this will ensure they are not overtaken by learners in terms of technological advancement," said Nzomo. KIE will provide the content while Safaricom and Microsoft will provide computers and software respectively.