A powerful team comprising members of the National Assembly of Kenya, Principal Secretaries and Information and Communication Technology Authority of Kenya Board members were at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture Technology managed Computer Assembly Plant to assess the university’s readiness to implement the second Phase of the Government funded Digital Literacy programme (DLP) .
The visiting officials included Members of Parliament led by Hon. William Kisang, Chairman, National Assembly Committee on ICT, Principal Secretaries; Jerome Ochieng for ICT, Betty Maina for Industrialization and Information and Communication Technology Authority CEO Mr. John Sergon.
Speaking during the ceremony, Friday August 17, 2018, Mr. Jerome Ochieng, ICT Principal Secretary said plans for the government to roll out DLP Phase 11 were at an advanced stage. Mr. Ochieng announced government will set up digital learning centres in all public primary schools in Kenya in the next Phase. A total of 1.2 million devices he said, will be deployed to the centres to enhance learning, creativity and innovation pupils.
Mr Ocheing commended JKUAT for establishing the plant which he said will be instrumental in supporting the country’s Big Four Agenda on local manufacturing. ‘This assembly plant will be an industrial base for local assembly of digital devices in Kenya, not only for the primary school needs but also for the entire market segment for digital devices’.
Receiving the team, Vice Chancellor Prof. Victoria Ngumi expressed JKUAT’s enthusiasm in implementing the next Phase of supplying Digital learning devices to the country’s primary schools citing JKUAT’s landmark successful experience in the implementation of the previous project.
Prof. Ngumi who took the officials, on a tour of the JKUAT Laptop Assembly plant told the officials JKUAT/Postivo consortium had between April 2016 and October 2017 successfully supplied a total of 329,034 own Taifa computers for use by Standard One pupils in 7,256 primary schools located in 21 counties. The consortium the Vice Chancellor added had supplied up to 14,512 Taifa Laptops and 256 projectors to the same institutions.
On his part, Hon Kisang assured JKUAT the National Assembly was ready to support the development of research and innovation in the country’s universities, pledging to table the necessary legislation to enhance market for university produced devices.
The function was also addressed by Ms. Betty Maina who appealed to universities to borrow a leaf from the private sector and manage their income generating activities independently.