The Government has distributed one million tablets to learners in public primary schools, the Principal Secretary for Basic Education, Dr. Belio Kipsang has said.
He said the devices will greatly improve delivery of the curriculum, under the Digital Learning Programme (DLP).
Dr. Kipsang made the remarks when he commissioned Digital Learning Programme for Uasin Gishu County at Chesegem Primary school on Thursday.
He disclosed that some 95,000 teachers had been trained on how to facilitate teaching and learning on digital platform, saying DLP was among the strategies that government had adopted to improve the quality of education children get in basic education institutions.
He said introduction of early literacy programme in class one and two had enabled learners to access instructional materials.
“Pupil to textbook ratio in lower primary schools was 1:1 in English and Kiswahili,” Dr. Kipsang said.
He said the introduction of ICT in education had made it possible for electricity connectivity of 95% of public primary schools and households across the country.
Meanwhile, the Cabinet Secretary for Education, Dr. Fred Matiang’i wants at least 60 heads of secondary institutions to visit MPESA Foundation Academy to feel the unique teaching and learning environment at the school.
He asked the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) and the Ministry’s Quality Assurance and Standards to ensure that at least 60 Principals from all the 47 Counties visit the institution.
He made the remarks after making extensive tour of the institution in Kiambu County on Thursday.
He said the school provided holistic educational environment that identified the multiple abilities and talents children had.
“This is not an ordinary school,” Dr. Matiang’i noted, saying “there is no school like this in the whole country.
He said learning process should produce thinkers, does and leaders.
He said the students at the school expressed themselves intelligently and confidently, noting that the school provided them with a chance to realise their full potential.
The Academy offers a platform for economically disadvantaged students to join the school on a full scholarship.
Dr. Matiang’i was accompanied by his counterpart in ICT, Mr. Joe Mucheru. Present included the Chief Executive officer of Safaricom, Mr. Bob Colymore, and the Director, Quality Assurance and Standards, Mr. Pius Mutisya, and deputy Director at KICD, Mrs. Jacqueline Onyango.