Varsity to assemble 1.4 Million Laptops Annually

The proposed laptop assembling plant project scheduled to become operational from October this year is expected to assemble 1.4 million laptops annually. This will lead to a realization of achieving a target of 1.1 ratio of computer to pupil in primary schools in 10 years.

The project spearheaded by Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) and other partners is estimated to create employment for about 12,600 people.

According to the Jubilee Laptop Project Proposal (JLP) publication by the JKUAT Consortium, dubbed Transforming Kenya Education for 21st Century Learning: Creating Digital Learning, the project is set to establish 290 ICT technical support centres for schools distributed in each constituency by June 2014.

Eve Obara (KLB), Romanus Odhiambo (JKUAT), Leonard Mware (Technology Partners) and Robert Ngeru (Sumsung Electronics, East Africa) formalizes the consortium through an MoU

The publication further intimates that the consortium would also build capacity of 25,000 lower primary school teachers to effectively integrate ICT in the teaching and learning process by the same period.

Among other objectives, the Consortium intends to develop, package and disseminate digital content for the five subjects at lower primary school level, create employment and wealth for Kenyan youth through assembly of laptops and the deployment of the programme, as well as establish proper linkages and networks among public private partnership for ICT integration and sustainability. The project will be implemented in all the 47 counties in the country.

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