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10 | National News DIGITAL LEARNING DAILY NATION Thursday January 30, 2014 EDUCATION | While a curriculum for digital content has been developed, the computers are yet to be bought. However, the Rural Public schools unprepared for laptops Many of the institutions have no classrooms and electricity connection while some teachers have admitted that they have never seen the gadgets BY OUMA WANZALA @Iwanzala firstname.lastname@example.org that pupils will get the gadgets before the end of this term. Most of the over 20,000 pub- S lic primary schools still lack basic infrastructure ahead of its launch. Pupils in some rural schools are learning under trees and in dilapidated classrooms without electricity. Some teachers in far-flung areas have also admitted that they have never seen laptops. Free laptops for all Standard One pupils this year was one of Jubilee Government’s flagship promises in campaigns last year. This is yet to happen. The Education ministry has had to float the tender for the supply of the laptops twice. Currently, the ministry has sent experts to China and India to conduct due diligence on the lowest bidder. India’s Olive Telecom is the lowest bidder after quoting Sh22 billion, followed by Hewlett Packard with a Sh23 billion bid. China’s Haire is third with a Sh24 billion quote, Sh2 billion more than the Indian company’s. Tender divided into three Some of the firms have for- warded suggestions to have the tender divided into three to accommodate the two other bidders to speed up delivery of the 1.2 million laptops. In West Pokot County, a teacher at Kaptuken Primary School confessed that he had never seen a laptop. “I don’t know how I will chools are not ready for the laptops despite government assurances help my pupils because I have never seen a laptop,” said Mr Losili Loktari, but he added that he, at least, has seen a computer. Pupils at the school would marvel at a mobile phone, without knowing what it was or what it is used for. In Kilifi County, the gov- ernment has been asked to build modern classrooms in rural areas. Kenya National Union of Teachers Malindi sub-county chairlady Kadzo Unda also called on the government to improve existing schools and build new ones. The reduction in the budget will adversely affect the relevance and quality of our education.” Principal Secretary Belio Kipsang Education Cabinet Secre- tary Jacob Kaimenyi said the government had developed a policy on integration of ICT in teaching and learning. Last October, the ministry trained 150 master trainers at Kenya Education Management Institute. The master trainers will in turn train 3,000 trainers of trainers, who by the end of this month, should have trained over 60,000 teachers. Three teachers would then be distributed to each of the 20,000 public primary schools in the country. The Kenya Institute of TOM OTIENO | NATION Mr Barrack Ouko of Oroba Primary School in Miwani, Kisumu County, marks his pupils’ work in a dilapidated classroom on January 15. Public primary schools like this are not ready for the laptops set to be rolled out by the government. Curriculum Development has developed digital content for all classes in primary schools and digitised content in seven subjects for Class 1–3. There has been a test run for pre-load- ing the laptops. The laptops would be distributed to 20,367 public primary schools. The Rural Electrification Authority has connected 11,065 public primary schools to the national grid. 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Tel: 0728558141, 0717444861 Email: email@example.com EXAMINATION BODIES: KNEC-12330101 and ICM-11253 12 Months 6 Months 12 Months 12 Months 5 Months 12 Months 1 Year 6 Months 12 Months 12 Months 2 Years 4 Months 4 Months 4 Months 2 years 1 Year will have solar power. The Ministry will be giving out money to build stores for securing the laptops and accessories. An international tender was advertised on August 2, 2013 for 1.3 million laptops, 20,367 projectors and 20,367 printers for the schools. A total of 126 firms bought the bid document out of which only 20 returned the tender bids. After evaluation, only three met the technical specifications. Evaluation of the bid by the minis- try’s technical team revealed that the bid ranged from Sh23,000 per laptop to Sh28,000. The total cost of 1.3 million laptops of the lowest evaluated bidder was Sh32 billion, against a budget of Sh12 billion. This was way above the Ministry’s budget, with a deficit of Sh20 billion. Prof Kaimenyi has noted that the ministry understands the urgency but procurement must ensure economy, efficiency, transparency and accountability. Teacher shortage worries Malindi BY NEHEMIAH OKWEMBAH Okwembahn3@gmail.com Laptops may not be available in Malindi sub-county due to a teacher shortage and lack of infrastructure. Education officer Mary Ka- murua said, her office had not received the list of schools that would get the devices. She said that officials were waiting for official communication from the Kenya Curriculum Board. “It is good as it attracts pupils to class but we lack the expertise and infrastructure,” she added. Mrs Kamurua said Upweoni Primary School took part in the pilot project last year and the response was “awesome”. She added: “Children are ex- cited when they see technology but digitisation phobia has really taken toll of our teachers. Very few have the skills,” she lamented. The pilot at Upweoni pri- mary in Malindi Town proved that if schools were properly equipped and teachers trained well, using laptops would be a success. Teachers at the school said 500 The number of teachers needed in Malindi according to county chairlady Kadzo Unda they were not trained on the use of the gadgets and how they would handle their various disciplines electronically. Kenya National Union of Teachers Malindi sub-county chairlady Kadzo Unda said that with a teacher shortfall of 500 in the 70 public primary schools, the Teachers Service Commission should act fast to fill the gap. “If we get 500 teachers today, we can start tomorrow without delay,” she said. Ms Kadzo requested the government to build modern classrooms especially in rural areas. She also called for the im- provement of existing schools and construction of new ones.
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