Energy Principal Secretary Eng. Joseph Njoroge is Excited as a Standard One Child at Gatuanyaga Primary School in Thika demonstrates to Him to do Math using the Tablet Provided by the Government under the Digital Literacy Program. PS Njoroge was at the School to Officially the Project Launch for Kiambu County.
THE GOVERNMENT TO SPENT 50 BILLION TO ROLL OUT DLP
The Government will this financial year spend Ksh. 50 billion to roll out the Digital Literacy Program across the country, Principal Secretary for the State Department of Energy Eng. Joseph Njoroge has said. Eng. Njoroge said that out of this amount, Sh. 33 billion was being used to connect public schools to electricity while the other Sh. 17 billion is spent on the logistics to ensure successful implementation of the program in all public primary schools including purchase of the tablets. Eng. Njoroge made the remarks on October 11, 2016 at Gatuanyaga Primary School near Thika town where he officially launched the Digital Literacy Program for Kiambu County. “The implementation of the Digital Literacy Program is part of the wider plan to create knowledge based economy as envisaged in the vision 2030 development blue print and the government has put a lot of emphasis on its success,” said the Principal Secretary.
It was Time to Dance: PS Joseph Njoroge and Thika Town MP Alice Ng’ang’a Joined the Young Traditional Dancers of Gatuanyaga Primary School to celebrate the official Launch of the Digital Program at the School.
Eng. Njoroge said his Ministry has supplied electricity to over 23,000 Primary Schools and the a few that have not been connected due to logistical issues will receive power before the end of this year. He said over 60,000 teachers have been trained countrywide as Trainers of Trainers in an effort to ensure that ICT skills are fully introduced in all the public primary schools, saying that in Kiambu County 1430 teachers have been trained to champion ICT installation and education in the local 477 public primary schools. Eng. Njoroge, said the purpose of Digital Literacy Program was to revolutionalize education in schools and making learning more exciting. He said that enrollment in schools where DLP was introduced on pilot basis showed great improvement at class one while absenteeism decreased. “DLP is not about giving laptops to schools, but to encourage more enrollment and discipline in schools by making learning exciting for the young ones,” explained Njoroge. (By Moses Nyandika)