REA to connect 6000 primary schools to national grid

By KNA

The authority has put in place a two year plan aimed at completing the extension of electricity supply to all primary schools

The Rural Electrification Authority has initiated an ambitious project that seeks to connect some 6000 primary schools to the main grid by mid next year as efforts to actualize the Schools Lap Top project intensifies.

Speaking in Kisii, authority’s chair Simon Gicharu disclosed that 3,000 primary schools will be linked to the national grid while the remaining half will be under solar energy.

The authority has put in place a two year plan aimed at completing the extension of electricity supply to all primary schools.

Gicharu further revealed that the national government had increased budgetary allocation  in the new Financial Year to  10.6 billion shillings to facilitate the project’s  take-off.

His sentiments coming amid concerns  from  some  education stakeholders that the project might face implementation  hurdles owing  to lack  of electricity to schools.

Overall, the country has 21,222 primary schools out of which 10,157 are connected with electricity.

1 Comment

  1. Joseph Abuta
    July 15, 2014

    This is indeed a good gesture. However my experience with KPL and its allied institutions is one of frustrating promises. For instance they did a supply survey and wayleaves clearance from a supply pole only 25 meters away to my rural home in Kisii in 2012, then asked me to pay kshs35,000 which I did last September,2013 but till now no action from their office in Kisii town!