School Books to Go Digital in Kenya

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Textbooks may soon be available online if a pilot project yields results.

The Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) has entered into an agreement with the Kenya Institute of Education (KIE) meant to provide learning materials to schools in soft copies as well as online. According to the deal, CCK will fund digitalisation of 11 Form One subjects at an initial cost of Sh15.2 million.

The funds will be used to procure the equipment and relevant software for the development of the materials. KIE will provide skilled manpower in the form of teachers, information and technology specialists and curriculum developers to develop the digital content.

CCK will test the digital content developed by KIE in the 16 school-based ICT centres that are spread across the country's eight provinces. The centres are sponsored by CCK.

"This partnership with KIE will go a long way in promoting the development of educational content in order to enhance the uptake of information communication and technology services among the youth," said the CCK director-general Charles Njoroge.

The Nation