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Teachers and pupils embrace digital learning

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

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