Sat. Apr 20th, 2019

National Assembly questions state’s criteria for distributing school laptops

MPs yesterday questioned the criteria the government used to distribute laptops for class one pupils in public schools in implementing its Digital Literacy Programme.
The National Assembly Energy Committee, chaired by Kigumo MP Jamleck Kamau, asked ICT Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru to state the formula used to distribute the laptops.
Mucheru said the full roll-out of 1.2 million tablets for Jubilee’s laptop project began this month. The CS said the ministry involved other stakeholders such as the Education ministry, Rural Electrification Authority and Kenya Power in selecting the schools.
“We jointly ranked the schools based on their e-readiness by looking at the logistics involved. In picking three schools in each county. One has to be in the rural area, other two at the peri-urban and urban zones. The availability of electricity connection and classrooms set aside for the programme were also considered,” he said.