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ICT Authority urges school heads to embrace technology in their schools 

The  ICT official, Thomas Odhiambo  addressing Kenya  Primary School Head teachers at Sheikh Zayed Centre in Mombasa on Wednesday December 6, 2017. Photo  by Hussein  Abdullahi/KNA.




The  Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) Authority has urged primary school heads to embrace Information technology to enhance the quality of teaching in their institutions and give learners an early start in the technology field.

The  Authority  Chief  Executive (CEO), Robert  Mugo said there was need to use Information technology in all early learning institutions to prepare learners for ICT field at an early stage in their schooling.

The CEO said once embraced fully in all basic learning institutions, the quality of teaching will be enhanced for the benefit of the learners.

The Chief Executive made the remarks on Wednesday in a speech read on his behalf by Thomas  Odhiambo; the Authority’s Project Management Officer during the on-going Kenya Primary Schools Head Teachers (KEPSHA) annual delegates’ conference in Mombasa.

He said once the quality of teaching and learning was up-scaled, Kenya will achieve inclusivity and equitable quality education. Besides, this will promote lifelong learning opportunities for all by 2030 in line with the Vision 2030 Economic blueprint.

The CEO told the 13th edition of the Kenya Primary Schools Head Teachers’ Association (KEPSHA) annual delegate’s conference that ICT was an integral component in rolling out a technology savvy community.

“Through the government Digital Literacy Programme for schools, use of ICT to Enhance Learning in all primary schools in the country will be capacity build to give learners an edge in the field,” the CEO stressed.

“The government is rolling out the Programme in all primary schools. It entails infrastructure building, provision of devices, provision of content and building capacity for teachers,” he said.

He said so far, over 89. Per cent of all public primary schools in Kenya have been supplied with the DLP devices and over 91,000 teachers trained on device utilization.

The ICT boss added the remaining schools will be covered in January next year when schools re-open.

“This programme has created jobs for over 7,000 Kenyans including those working full-time in the two assembly plants currently operational at Eldoret ( Moi University) and Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (Juja), the CEO said

By  Lilian  Kimeto

 

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