A new report by the Ministry of Education indicates that the internet connectivity project by the government is yielding positive results.
The program dubbed Digischool, the report noted, has enhanced access to and equality of, education for learners in the 13 piloted schools.
According to the report, 98 percent of learners indicated that the Internet met their needs, while 84 percent of students said that the Internet made learning more exciting.
Digischool is a Multi-agency partnership that includes the Ministry of Information, Communications and The Digital Economy, ICTA, UNESCO, and Huawei.
State Department for Basic Education Principal Secretary, Dr. Belio Kipsang noted that for internet connectivity to schools to succeed, all line sectors must collaborate and work towards providing the required infrastructure and manpower necessary for the program.
The Ministry of Information, Communications, and The Digital Economy through the ICT Authority is leading the government initiative of laying fibre optic cable around the country for improved internet connectivity for data and information sharing.
“On our part as a Ministry we have an established Digital Literacy Programme unit whose aim is to support the establishment of the requisite ICT infrastructure in schools and provide adequate content for learners,” the PS said.
The Digital Learning Programme (DLP) also known as Digischool was initiated by the Government of Kenya in 2013.
The programme is targeted at learners in all public primary schools and is aimed at integrating the use of digital technologies in learning. The decision is borne out of the vision and context that technology now defines our world and there is a need to prepare our young people for today’s realities