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Non-usage of devices decried in Meru

Education development players in Meru County have been urged to be more proactive in ensuring all Digital Learning Devices distributed to schools were being used.

The  remarks were made by Meru County Information and Communication Officer, Martin Mwirigi in his report to the County Development Implementation and Coordination Committee.

Mwirigi indicated that over 35,000 devices had been distributed to public primary schools in all the sub-counties to enhance transition from analogue to digital way of transferring knowledge and skills to learners at primary level.

However, Mwirigi noted that some of the devices were still lying in stores due to lack of power, adding that many schools in the County were yet to be connected through the last mile connectivity, meant to support the program in rural areas.

Mwirigi  said a recent visit to some schools revealed poor storage of the devices with some teachers claiming the ground work to sensitize and prepare schools ahead of the distribution was not adequate hence lack of standard storage facilities.

He further noted that some schools were using solar power which was not very reliable especially during the rainy periods, leaving learners in such areas disadvantaged compared to those connected to electricity.

The officer said success of the government flagship program was not a one department show and appealed to other departments and institutions to come on board in order to deliver quality digital education.

By  Makaa  Margaret

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