Teachers & pupils anticipate laptop program as December deadline approaches

Teachers & pupils anticipate laptop program as December deadline approaches

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Mombasa, KENYA: Teachers and pupils from classes one and two in Mombasa have expressed their joy and anticipation over the government’s plan to roll out laptops in all public primary schools in Kenya.

The government through Digital Literacy Programme unveiled in September 2015; had earlier this year rolled out the devices to at least 11,570 pupils from 150 selected schools countrywide.

Schools that have not yet received the devices, have since expressed their anticipation and readiness to use these devices.

Speaking to Baraka FM on Monday, Ms.Lucy Gisore Deputy Headteacher Ganjoni Primary school, said teachers have undergone different kind of trainings through different programmes in preparation to use the devices.

“In our school Teachers and pupils are ready, because our teachers have been undergoing through abracadabra and Aga Khan foundation programmes; the programmes are related to the use of these devices,” said Ms. Gisore.

Ms. Gisore added that the laptops’ safety is guaranteed, this is  because they already have the computer laboratories for keeping safe the few computers they have.

“For us, we already have a place for keeping our computers, and so if we receive the laptops we will take care of them because the school has enough security,” said Ms. Gisore.

However, with the anticipation and joy to receive the learning devices, the schools have also expressed their anxiety as to why the devices have not yet reached them and yet some schools have received them.

“We are wondering why these devices are not reaching us, yet some schools have received them. Where are these devices so that our pupils can also feel what other pupils are feeling.”  added Ms. Gasore

She also said that the computers and lab facilities they had were very few yet they have a huge number of pupils, insisting that the laptops will be of great help to the school.

During the arrival of the fast batch of the laptops in August,Information Communication Technology Principal Secretary Victor Kyalo said the government’s target is that by December pupils from each of the 22,000 public primary schools should have the device.

“We are talking about 1.2 million devices for both teachers and pupils. Arrival of this first batch of 5000 is a step towards realization of state’s agenda of providing laptops to all primary school children,” said Kyalo.

So far Sparki Primary (Mvita), Mwijabu Primary (Changamwe) and Kisauni Primary (Kisauni) are among the first 150 schools countrywide and in Mombasa to benefit from the Sh17 billion project.