REA to connect 6000 primary schools to national grid
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.