Nine hundred and ninety five (995) primary school teachers have undergone basic ICT training in handling tablet devices in Kilifi County.
This follows the delivery of the devices to 501 primary schools out of the 508 in the area during the phase one and two of the delivery exercise held in the past two years.
County ICT Coordinator Mr. Roon Munga told the County Coordination and Implementation of National Government Development Programs Committee meeting at the County Commissioner’s boardroom that the project is 98.9% complete.
He said the 7 schools remaining to be provided with the devices would be served in the next phase when the temporarily halted programme resumes.
Munga cited the challenges of power as a major problem hindering smooth running of the project, revealing that there were 47 schools which have no power with different reasons that their metres have either been disconnected or were yet to be connected.
“We have been visiting these institutions and have found many challenges hindering the project. We have had cases of theft of the devices in 8 schools while several other schools have either temporary or no classrooms at all forcing pupils to learn under trees,” he said.
He said despite the trainings conducted to some of the teachers who handle the devices, some of them have not been able to use them claiming that the training offered was inadequate.
The committee called for the sensitization of the affected Schools’ Management Committees by officials from the Ministry of Education on the need for them to put up infrastructure so that their children could benefit from the project.
By Harrison Yeri