President Kenyatta, Ruto, attend primary school lesson on Digital Literacy Programme

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President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto attend lesson on the Digital Literacy Programme in class at the Kathithyamaa Primary in Kangundo, Machakos County, July 4, 2017. [Photo: PSCU]

The Jubilee Administration has made great strides towards delivering its laptop promise with 17,000 schools already supplied with the digital learning devices countrywide.

President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto have said.

They said the digital learning curriculum for pupils in class one and two has also kicked off in earnest in the schools that have received the digital devices with 992,073 devices distributed and over 95,000 teachers trained across the nation.

Uhuru said two assembling plants had also been set up at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) and at Moi University to speed up production of the devices that support the Jubilee government’s Digital Literacy Programme, which is geared towards equipping Kenyans with globally competitive skills at an early age.

Kenyatta, who was leading Jubilee campaigns in Machakos County on Tuesday, visited Kathithyamaa Primary in Kangundo, accompanied by Ruto, to inspect the progress of the Digital Literacy Programme as well as the state of infrastructure in the school.

He assured that his administration would continue providing facilities to boost the quality of education in the country.

“We will continue supporting the digital learning programme until all the 23,951 public primary schools are supplied with the devices. Digital content for class one and two has already been developed and pupils are accessing it through the devices,” Kenyatta said.

He noted all primary schools were also being connected to the fibre optic cable to ensure internet connectivity that will boost the Digital Literacy Programme.

“We are introducing a world class delivery of education that ensures our children are connected to the world and are able to remain competitive at the global stage,” Kenyatta said, as quoted by PSCU.

In Machakos County, PSCU said, 25,731 digital learning devices have been delivered in 609 primary schools with infrastructure set up in 829 primary schools in readiness for the programme at a cost of Sh49.7 million as well as 2,490 teachers trained.

“To boost the Digital Literacy Programme in Machakos County, the national Government has made new electricity connections to 505 primary schools.”

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