For effective online lessons in public schools ,the government will have to part with a total of Ksh 61 billion.
The money would be used for installation of necessary Information and Communication Technology (ICT) infrastructure such as purchasing laptops for classes four to six as well as internet connection.
According to the ICT cabinet secretary Joe Mucheru,another 15 billion would be required for internet connectivity to schools.
He added that implementation of Digital literacy programme had been greatly affected by the National treasury’s decision to slash 3/4 of its budget.
“If we get the money we can be able to fast-track the process,” said Mr Mucheru.
Committee chair Alice Milgo accused treasury for cutting the budget saying that Education faces new challenges due to Covid-19 pandemic.
“We must prepare ahead of time so that when schools open in January we are not caught off guard,” said Dr Milgo.
ICT Principal Secretary Jerome Ochieng’ said the National Treasury dealt a major blow to the programme.
“With enough resources we can roll out learning devices within a single financial year,” said Mr Ochieng’.
The adoption of digital learning that was to take place in two faces was dealt a blow by this year’s massive budgetary slashes ,New curriculum Implementation and Covid-19 crisis.
Mr. Mucheru said that finding the right model to be adopted for the second phase of DLP had been frustrated by implementation of the Competency Based Curriculum (CBC) and the emergence of coronavirus.
He added that Implementation of the project’s second phase,dubbed proof of concept is being piloted.
As opposed to the first phase,Phase two targets advanced Learners.
The digital learning programme will be implemented in 26 counties by an association between Moi university and JP SA Couto.
In the rest of the counties,the consortium of Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology and Positivo BGH was picked to implement the project.
“There are 470 schools targeted for piloting – 10 schools per county- and acquisition and assembling of devices is expected to start from September to December, to be ready for distribution to schools in January,” said Mucheru.
He added that majority of upper classes in public schools will get laptops ,connected to the internet earliest next year July.
The government’s plan to renovate 8000 schools each year for the next three years to cover a total of 24,000 schools is underway.
The Ministry of Education also plans to renovate each school to meet the requirements of CBC, lab/learning environment.
“ICT Authority, is also in the process of acquiring additional devices for the remaining schools, as well as devices for Grades Four to Grade Six and more teacher devices,” said Mucheru.
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