Home > News > Politicians asked to support DLP project in Vihiga

Politicians asked to support DLP project in Vihiga

Political  leaders  have  been  urged to support national government’s efforts towards full implementation of the Digital  Literacy  Programme (DLP) in all public primary schools.

The  Vihiga County Commissioner (CC), Mrs. Suzan  Waweru made the appeal when she briefed a team of officers from  Information  Communication Technology (ICT) Authority  and Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) in her  office.

The  team led by Mrs. Lilian Kimetto  for  ICT  Authority and Dennis Odunga  was in Vihiga County to monitor implementation  progress of the DLP agenda.

Waweru  informed the team that a total of 374 public primary schools have been issued with DLP devices out of the scheduled  378  public primary schools in the county.“Only four schools out of the initially scheduled 374 schools have been installed  with the digital literacy devices,” She said.

According  to  official  statistics, the government has supplied 21,866 tablets, 748 laptops, 374 projectors, 374 content  access  point devices and 374 hard discs to Vihiga County.

The  CC however, noted the number of public schools in the county had since increased to 397 as a result of creation of  new  public primary schools.

“Thus, the exact number of schools that require the DLP devices is currently 13,” clarified Waweru.

She  urged the national government through the ministry of education to consider increasing funds to enable mitigate some of  the challenges affecting full implementation of the digital literacy project.

“The  programme requires improved and better budgetary allocation to enable the ministries of ICT and Education address  some  challenges that are derailing its full implementation,” Waweru told the team.

The  county boss identified lack of well-built strong rooms for safeguarding the gadgets as one of the major challenges  that  has affected implementation of the programme in Vihiga County since it was rolled out in 2016.

She  attributed recent burglary and theft incidents, which have occurred in about 18 schools across the county, where the  government lost some of DLP devices to the lack of secure storage rooms.

In  her detailed report to the team, a total of 74 tablets, 21 laptops, 9 projectors, 5 content access point devices, and 8  hard discs were lost in the night burglary incidents that also saw several school watchmen lose lives.

“All the burglary incidents were reported to the local police department,” stated Waweru, adding only 2 laptops and five  malfunctioning tablets have so far been recovered.

The  county boss, who was flanked by County Director of Education (CDE), Mrs. Hellen Nyang’au and her TSC counterpart, Mrs. Irene Njogu, observed the Shs.60,000 allocated to each school toward construction of strongrooms  was inadequate.

Besides urgent need for better strong rooms, the commissioner cited inability of school management boards to recruit  trained security guards who can take good care of school property.

“Due  to  the problem of funds most schools rely on underpaid elderly persons for manning school property,” pointed out  Waweru.

She  urged the government to avail adequate funds to enable the schools recruit security services with recognized security  companies.

Waweru  used the opportunity to rally support from local politicians.

She asked area Members of Parliament (MPs) to support the DLP programme through the National Government Constituency  Development Fund (NG-CDF).

“We are appealing our elected leaders to set aside funds from CDF to enable our schools improve on the DLP devices strong  rooms,” urged Waweru.

On  her  part, CDE  Nyang’au  emphasised on the need for the government to increase annual capitation on Free Primary  Education  (FPE) funds so as to enable the primary schools acquire better security services.

Mrs. Njogu  encouraged teachers to embrace the DLP programme, reminding them it was part of the country’s Vision 2030  flagship  projects.

“Thus, the reason the DLP project has strongly been entrenched in the new Competence Based Curriculum (CBC),” remarked  Njogu.

The ICT Authority and KICD team visited St. Francis Hambale and Mukul primay schools where they monitored implementation  progress of the DLP in Vihiga County.

By  Maurice  Aluda

Leave a Reply