A partnership to benefit scores of teachers and learners through the integration of information communication technology (ICT) skills in the teaching and learning curricular has been cemented between Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) and the Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET), Wednesday, December 3.
Speaking at JKUAT Main Campus during the signing of the memorandum of understanding, KUPPET Secretary General Mr. Akelo Misori, welcomed the initiative saying, “as a union, we are aware ICT skills are necessary in teaching and learning and we are keen to benefit from the University’s expertise and knowledge in order to enhance the pedagogical dimension in schools.”
The Secretary General further reiterated that “KUPPET stood for quality, and if JKUAT has developed the laptop and is ready to go into mass production, we are ready to support the university, as a way of encouraging homegrown technology for Kenyans.”
On his part, KUPPET Chairman Amboko Milemba while echoing Misori’s sentiments said, the Union was excited that JKUAT was at the cusp of revolutionizing the ICT sector by launching the Kenyan laptop, and appealed to the Government to support the development of local solutions to the challenges facing the country.
“Technology has changed, and Kenyan children cannot be left behind. As a Union we urge the Jubilee Government to actualize the laptop project for pupils and go the e-learning way,” said the Unionist.
In her remarks, the Vice Chancellor Prof. Mabel Imbuga enumerated JKUAT’s enormous strengths to offer accessible quality training in ICT, and underscored the institution’s willingness to share its strengths with members of the teacher’s union through the integration of ICT in learning.
Prof. Imbuga revealed that in developing the program, “the university was driven by passion and love we have for the country and the desire to see the country move forward in a fast paced world of information communication technology.”
The University, she noted, was also keen to see the laptop for pupil’s project materialize given that JKUAT was involved in developing the curriculum for the training of the first cohort of teachers on the use of laptops. These she observed, had further inspired the institution to develop new programs for the teachers which include: M.Sc. in ICT Integration in Education and Instructional Design; M.Sc. in Computer Systems and M. Sc. in IT.
Commenting on the courses, Prof. Imbuga said, besides being relevant and progressive, the ICT courses for the teachers had an element of conversion and flexibility which could be done on modular basis; evenings/ holidays, open distance and e-learning mode of study) and would have exit points to enable teachers earn certificates.
Other KUPPET officials present during the function included: Bomet Central M.P Hon. Richard Tonui, Mr. Korir Julius, Paul Maingi, and Nthurima Moses.
Apart from Prof. Esther Kahangi (DVC RPE) and Prof. Odhiambo (DVC AA) who addressed the meeting, the JKUAT team included Prof. Victoria Ngumi (DVC Admin); Dr. Mwikamba Kaibui (Head of Linkages), Fred Wamunyokoli (SoDeL), staff from School of Computing and Information Technology: Director Dr. Stephen Kimani, Dr. Wilson Cheruiyot and Mr. Philip Oyier.