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Daily Nation : January 30th 2014
DAILY NATION Thursday January 30, 2014 DIGITAL LEARNING National News 11 Electrification Authority, has connected 11,065 schools to the national grid and 1,650 more will be connected by end of this month as launch date approaches this term Villagers and teachers in West Pokot want more classrooms built ahead of the project as pupils learn under trees MERCY TUMKOU firstname.lastname@example.org L MERCY TUMKOU | NATION Pupils learn under a tree at Kaptuken Primary School in West Pokot County. osili Loktari teaches at Kaptuken Primary School in West Pokot County and has never seen a laptop. The primary school which only has two classrooms, but a wide catchment area, is located at Kaptuken village in Alale, Pokot North District. “I don’t know how I will help my pupils because I have never seen a laptop,” said Loktari, adding that at least he has seen a computer. Pupils at the school, one of those expected to start benefiting from the laptop project, would marvel at a mobile phone, without knowing what it is or what it is used for. Introducing laptops to the school would therefore mean, bringing in a teacher who is computer literate, to help teach both the pupils and their teacher (something which was not in the government’s plan). The infrastructure at the TOM OTIENO | NATION Pupils take a desk to their classroom through an opening in the wall at Kibigori Primary School in Kisumu County. REPUBLIC OF KENYA SAMBURU COUNTY GOVERNMENT LANDS, PHYSICAL PLANNING, HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT. DEPARTMENT FOR PHYSICAL PLANNING PUBLIC NOTICE Intention to prepare a Local Physical Development Plan for Baragoi Town. Notice is hereby given by the Department of Physical Planning of Samburu County that we intend to prepare a local physical development plan for Baragoi town. Currently the town lacks a land use plan for present and future development. The plan will therefore look to provide a framework to guide and coordinate development of infrastructural facilities and services and regulate land use for the next ten (10) years. Members of the public with views and comments on how the town should be planned should contact the department or write to the County Physical Planning Officer, P. O. Box 313 Maralal. Charles M. Mwangi County physical planning officer school would make it impossible to use the laptops, as the learners study under a tree. To make matters worse and to deflate the project; laptops are delicate and prone to damage, yet there is no place to repair them as the nearest town is many kilometres away, and the school and pupils have no money for repairs. Such is the poor or lack of basic infrastructure set to hinder the ambition to provide laptops to primary school. In West Pokot, most pupils still learn under trees and with the infamous cattle rustling and the struggle to embrace education, introduction of laptops is something they are not excited about. Many of the county leaders are against the project, citing wrong timing since the govern- ment has not set up enough structures in schools. Led by Governor Simon Kachapin (left), they said the money for laptops, should be channelled to construction of classrooms and employment of more teachers to cater for the many pupils yearning for the free primary education. Residents want the Jubilee Government to shelve the project and instead embark on building classrooms and providing learning materials. Mr Domnic Kimutai, a resident, is not happy with the project and sees it as a waste of public funds in an area like Alale. “How can you give a laptop to a pupil who does not know how a mobile phone looks like? The pupil will destroy it because they do not know what kind of a device it is,” noted another resident. Most crucial things Ng’eng’ech Primary School has 94 pupils from Standard One to Four, and only three teachers who have never seen a laptop. One of the teachers, Ms ‘‘ Act Change Transform (Act!) is a local Non-Governmental Organization whose mission is to facilitate the empowerment of marginalized people and communities, in Kenya and neighboring countries, to become active participants in their development by enabling them to: stand up for their rights; demand good governance in the management of resources; and participate in decision making processes. More information about ACT can be found on our website, www.act.or.ke. ACT is an implementing partner of the USAID AIIM-Assist project (www.aiim-assist.org). 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Applications to be submitted electronically to email@example.com quoting the reference number (ACT/R-MES/06/2014) by 5.00pm, Wednesday February 12, 2014. A full job description can be accessed through www.act.or.ke . Only candidates short-listed for interview will be contacted. Applications from eligible contractors in sealed envelopes marked EXPRESSION OF INTEREST FOR MTWAPA PROJECT should be forwarded to the Chairman, KMA Housing Coop Society Ltd, KMA centre, 4th floor to reach them not later than 13th February, 2014 noon. The applications will be opened and recorded on the same date and time. How can you give a laptop to a pupil who has never seen a mobile phone?” West Pokot Resident Mary Makal, urged the government to take care of the most crucial things—infrastructure, instead of issuing them with strange devices. “Pupils here stay for a whole day without food, we do not have desks and pupils walk for more than seven kilometres to fetch water, and by the time they get back, they are late for classes,” said Ms Makal. The teachers listed their pri- orities as a borehole, a water tank, desks and more staff. EXPRESSION OF INTEREST FOR CONSTRUCTION SERVICES The Kenya Medical Association Housing Coop Ltd plans to undertake a high rise housing project in Mtwapa, Kilifi County for its members. Interested and experienced building contractors are invited to submit their applications for prequalification. The following are the minimum Requirements 1. Registration with the National Construction Authority category NCA 1. 2. PIN and VAT Certificate. 3. Current Tax Compliance Certificate. 4. Certificate of Incorporation. 5. Detailed company profile including ownership, directorship, key personel and equipment. 6. Evidence of financial ability to undertake housing projects of this nature to the tune of Kshs. 1 billion, including bank references and authority to consult the bankers. 7. Evidence of a presence interms of resources and experience in the region. 8. List of projects of this size undertaken in the last five years, including their values, the location, the clients and consultants involved. 9. A statement regarding any litigation history.
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