Teachers and pupils in the 286 primary schools in Laikipia County have embraced the ongoing implementation of Digital Learning.
The Laikipia County Assistant Director of Education, Bismarck Musili said pupils in the area not only enjoy learning but also the process by interacting with the tablets.
Musili made the remarks yesterday while receiving a communication team, which was on a one day assignment to do a documentary, on the success, experience and challenges on digital literacy, introduced in all public primary schools in Kenya in 2016.
Leading the team, Ministry of Energy Public Communication Officer, Moses Nyandika said they had been mandated by the National Communications Committee on Digital learning to carry the exercise for an evaluation before the second phase of the programme is launched in the next financial year.
Musili said 90 percent of the primary schools in Laikipia County were going on smoothly with the learning programme.
He however, noted that the remaining percentage of schools were experiencing challenges of failed solar panels, blowing up of transformers and isolated cases of vandalism of power connection wires in a computer laboratory in Laikipia west Sub County by bandits.
“Due to failed power connection to charge the learning gadgets and isolated cases of vandalism of electric power wires, some of the schools were not using the gadgets,’’ Musili noted.
The Assistant Director added that all primary schools in Laikipia County had two or more teachers trained in computer literacy.
Nyandika said Digital Literacy Programme implementation was a multi-sectoral collaboration of the ministries of
Information, Communication and Technology, Education, Energy and the Kenya Institute of Curriculum among others.
“The government is very serious in digital learning because it will empower and educate children by providing them with tools they need to thrive in an ever changing world technology,’’ the Communication officer noted.
The team later visited pubic primary schools in Nanyuki town and interacted with head teachers and teachers involved in digital training and their pupils.
By Margaret Kirera