Public schools in Kisumu County are set to receive 13,450 locally assembled desks under the Economic Stimulus Project.
County Director of Education Isaac Atebe said local jua kali artisans who have been awarded the tender to supply the desks have up to end of this month.
Speaking during Kisumu County Development Implementation and Coordination Committee meeting chaired by County Commissioner Josephine Ouko, Atebe said public primary schools will receive 7,350 while secondary schools will get 6,100 desks.
“We identified schools to benefit and artisans awarded the tenders have up to October 26th to deliver the desks before they are paid,” he said.
Atebe said the primary schools benefiting from the program will receive 70 desks while secondary schools will receive 50 desks each.
President Uhuru Kenyatta, while launching the 1.9-billion-shilling project in Nairobi last month directed that local artisans in respective counties be awarded the tenders in a move to cushion them from the economic hardships occasioned by Covid-19 pandemic.
Meanwhile, the County Director of Education said the ministry has embarked on a new initiative that will see all primary schools establish secure smart classrooms where all digital learning devices will be kept in a move aimed to curb increasing cases of theft of the devices.
Atebe said already 351 out of the 615 primary schools in the county with secure classrooms and electricity had already set up their computer labs.
“We are however facing the challenge of theft of the devices, with Seme sub-county recording the highest number,” Atebe said.
The County Commissioner has since formed a sub-committee to be chaired by the county director of education, the county police commander and the ICT officer to initiate investigations in to the rampant theft of the equipment.
Ouko said stern action will be taken against those implicated in the syndicate. “We must find out where these laptops are being sold and those behind the theft,” she directed.
Digital learning literacy was introduced in all government public schools in 2016, with tablets specially designed tablets being given to all grade one kids, but the project has been marred with lots of challenges in many schools.