The Government in collaboration with Information and communication partners are finalizing plans for an assembly plant for digital Learning devices in the country in a bid to upscale the programme besides creating job opportunities for citizens.
Cooperatives Development Principal Secretary(PS) Ismail Noor says the Government intends to leverage on the multibillion shilling plant to sustain the ambitious Digital Learning program.
Noor said yesterday at Kapkewa Primary school in Kuresoi North Sub County in Nakuru where he commissioned a digital learning laboratory that will see at least 300 pupils benefit from the DLP programme starting this term.
The PS said Moi and Kenyatta Universities were providing essential technical expertise that seeks to make Kenya an Information Communication and Technology hub in the East Africa region that is accelerating the adoption of the competitive digital learning programme for primary and secondary schools.
The National Coordinator of the DLP programme Paul Rono said, secondary school students are primed to benefit from the DLP programme by the year 2022.
He appealed to private schools to join the programme for a cohesive development of Digital schools and curriculum saying this will be invaluable in fast tracking the country`s social economic goals currently anchored on Data, Devices and Designs.
Rono said plans are underway to establish state of the art Digital Teacher training centres in the country`s 47 counties to enhance an increased enrolment of teachers for training for a wider pool of digital teachers in the country to help propel the state to its vision.
The Director said the ministry of Energy through the Rural Electrification Authority has already connected 23,951 public primary schools to the national electricity grid in a move that will enhance the Ministries of ICT and Education bid to ensure all these schools have digital labs.