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Digital Learning Takes Root 




Pupils have started reaping benefits from the Digital Literacy Program (DLP) being implemented by the Government as witnessed in Kakamega County.

At Kakamega Primary School which was among the three pilot schools in the county, KNA found class one pupils enjoying the digital learning lessons on Friday.

The School Head Teacher, Dickson Wanyangu said the school received 110 tablets in May 2016 and since then the performance of the pupils in all subjects had remarkably improved.

“Before the introduction of the DLP the class mean score was about 70 per cent but it shot up to over 80 per cent after the devices came into use,” he noted.

He disclosed that the enrolment in class one went up this year as pupils from private centers joined the school, raising the number of pupils to 130. “Subsequently some have been forced to share the tablets,” he added.

The School is among the highly populated primary schools in the country with a total enrolment of over 3,000 pupils. It is however one of the top performers in the county where in 2016 the 270 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) candidates registered a mean score of 322 marks with about 10 of them attaining 400 marks and above.

The DLP teacher trainer at the school, Millicent Khayo observed that the devices had made work easier for subject teachers as they no longer rely on hard notes.

Khayo added that the devices’ audio-visual features enhance the learners understanding of the subjects and lauded the government for coming up with the program as it has spared the teachers the burden of preparing notes for the learners.

The pupils on the other hand, could not hide their enthusiasm and excitement about the program, saying they always yearn for DLP lessons.

By Sammy Mwibanda

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