A large number of teachers in Kenya are grappling with glaring ICT skills gaps even as Kenya prepares to roll out the one laptop per child initiative, Wilson Sossion, KNUT Secretary General, has said. Sossion added that for the country to fully embrace and capitalize on the eminent digital revolution, it is necessary to integrate ICT in the education system and build capacity of teachers and administrators already in the service.
“A huge volume of teachers in Kenya cannot even open a computer,” lamented Sossion, adding that time has now come, “to build their capacity for effective service in conformity with digital practices,”
Sossion was speaking Tuesday August 19, at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology at a stakeholders’ forum for a masters programme in ICT Integration in Education and Instructional Design to be offered by the University beginning September 2014.
KNUT Chairman, Mudzo Nzili noted that the programme mounted by JKUAT will be instrumental in preparing teachers to cope with the new demands of a digital age, a position that was also fronted by KUPPET Secretary General, Akelo Misori, at the forum.
Mary Rotich of Teachers Service Commission lauded JKUAT for developing the programme, terming it the best approach to integrate ICT in Kenya’s education sector.
“The course is in line with the Commission’s intention to equip teachers with required competencies to respond to the dynamics of modern teaching practice,” Mary averred.
Mary further reported that TSC has already trained 3,000 individuals who will in due course cascade learned ICT knowledge to teachers countrywide in readiness for the rollout of the laptop project.
JKUAT Vice Chancellor, Prof. Mabel Imbuga informed the forum that the University was prepared to help the country in the uptake and integration of ICT in the education sector through offering quality, relevant and accessible academic programmes.
Besides academic programmes, Prof. Imbuga reported that JKUAT was also establishing computer assembling facility, which will see the institution avail high-end devices to the Kenyan market at the fall of the year.