Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture & Technology is one of the two institutions mandated to supply laptops to primary schools in all counties at a cost of Kshs. 17 billion.
JKUAT in collaboration with Positivo BGH will supply, install and commission digital learning solutions in 21 counties, the ICT Authority announced Tuesday, February 9, 2016.
The digital literacy programme (DLP) is set to supply 294,981 laptops and 23,951 teacher digital devices to schools in July with the next batch of devices delivered in September and November 2016.
The University and its partner will first demonstrate their ability by connecting 150 selected urban, peri-urban and rural schools across the 47 counties. An additional nine schools are allotted to Special Education Schools.
Speaking after the announcement, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Mabel Imbuga said this is a major milestone towards building a strong foundation for a confident citizenry equipped with relevant knowledge that will improve their lives and help create a robust economy for the country.
JKUAT has been in the forefront in ICT training and research in Kenya. Long before the laptop pronouncement was made, the University was already pursuing the line for the good of the country. Her prowess in the ICT sector dates back to 1994 when JKUAT set up the JKUAT-MMS – IT Centre at its main campus in Juja.
Moi University and JP SA Couto is the other consortium that won the bid.