Kenya: Govt shifts focus to computer labs in schools

Digital education promises to be a game-changer
Digital education promises to be a game-changer. (Image Source: http://media.al.com).

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Kaimenyi said the government is committed to follow through with its pledge and give students laptops, tablets and devices. (Image Source: http://media.al.com).

According to reports, the Kenyan government is set to adopt an educational model used in Brazil in order to establish computer labs in schools. Education Cabinet Secretary, Jacob Kaimenyi said the ministry studied the Brazilian computer project for schools, which it implemented with the support of Unesco.

According to the official, the same model has been implemented in India, Indonesia and Nigeria and can be incorporated into Kenya, this is according to The Star.

According to the report, Kaimenyi revealed that ministry officials had visited Brazil to become familiar with the project and assess how it can be rolled out in Kenya. Kaimenyi said the government is committed to follow through with its pledge and give students laptops, tablets and devices; however, a case pending in court challenging its procurement process has threatened to derail the fulfilment.

According to Kaimenyi, the hurdle prompted the government to narrow its focus to computer labs as the best option of introducing ICT in schools.

Kaimenyi stated that: “We had to behave like a river for when it is blocked it has to find another route,” this was stated in relation to government’s move to opt for computer labs instead of laptops in the face of the court case.

Darryl Linington