Teaching and learning in schools across the country is set to gain from digital revolution following a memorandum of understanding signed between the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) and the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT), Monday, December 1.
Under the MoU, teachers across the country will benefit from various information communication technology skills training to be offered by JKUAT campuses spread across the country in readiness for the much anticipated roll-out of the laptops for pupils’ project by the Jubilee Government.
The courses, ranging from certificate to postgraduate level, give teachers an opportunity to pursue ICT courses including Master of Science in ICT Integration in Education and Instructional Design on flexible modes of study such as school based(during holidays), evenings, open distance and e-learning mode of study.
Speaking during the sealing of the deal at the KNUT head office, KNUT Secretary General Mr. Wilson Sossion, said, JKUAT has not had an opportunity to interact with teachers of Kenya, and as such, the partnership could not have come at a better time, because “the integration of the ICT knowledge in the teaching profession will revolutionize teaching and learning in Kenya.”
Mr. Sossion observed that “for teachers to possess information, communication and technology skills in schools, it requires concerted efforts, and JKUAT has come on board at the right time to ensure this is delivered.”
While alluding to the soon to be launched KNUT’s Strategic Plan 2015-2019, Mr. Sossion said technology illiteracy had been identified among teachers in Kenya, and restated the Union’s contribution to Vision 2030 through human capacity development required for all sectors of the economy, adding, the union is also keen on the professional development of its members and the quality of education in the country.
To this end the Secretary General noted, “by 2019, every teacher will be technologically equipped thus able to deliver teaching and learning through technology platforms.”
Mr. Sossion said the union was very pleased to learn that JKUAT was already committed and working on the actualization of the Jubilee Government’s laptops for pupils initiative.
While lauding the MoU, the Vice Chancellor Prof. Mabel Imbuga who was represented by Prof. Romanus Odhiambo, said JKUAT has always been desirous of finding ways of partnering with stakeholders who mould students who finally come to the University for higher education.
The don revealed that the university has played a great role in building ICT human capacity nationally and internationally, and the institution remains steadfast in “building human capacity in ICT to support the realization of Kenya Vision 2030, the Millennium Development Goals and the ongoing digital revolution.”
Prof. Odhiambo further observed: “the university has consequently developed and implemented new academic and professional courses which are intended to support and enable an ecosystem for using ICT to support and enhance education and learning.”
KNUT officials present during the function included: Wycliffe Omucheyi (2nd Vice National Chairman), Albanus Mutisya (National Treasurer), Charles Katege (Deputy Secretary General) Jacinta Ndegwa (2nd National Women Rep) and Lucy Barimbui (Executive Officer).
JKUAT team included Dr. Mwikamba Kaibui (Head of Linkages), staff from School of Computing and Information Technology led by the Director Dr. Stephen Kimani, his Deputy Dr. Wilson Cheruiyot and Mr. Philip Oyier.