Investing in ICT Key to Kenya’s Industrial Revolution

Education CS, Prof. George Magoha (right) and Dr. Yaw Osei at the JKUAT exhibition stand

President Uhuru Kenyatta has said that entrenching ICT in Kenya’s education system was the most rational way of preparing the country for the fourth industrial revolution. He added that the digital learning programme, a flagship project of the government, was a key pillar of the reforms towards a competency based curriculum.

The President was speaking on Friday August 16 when he presided over the third national conference on curriculum reforms, at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre. Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology has been a central agency in the implementation of the digital learning programme. The University had by October 2017 successfully accomplished the supply, installation and commissioning of 329,034 Taifa tablet computers for use by Standard One pupils in 7,256 primary schools in 21 counties.

Following JKUAT’s successful implementation of DLP, Kenya Private Schools Association approached the University to supply similar devices to the private schools. By fall of 2017, JKUAT launched the Taifa Elimu tablet computer, a teacher and learner devices preinstalled with same DLP curriculum content to be used by private primary schools in the country.

Ellyanne Githae, one of Kenya’s young artistes interacts with JKUAT team during the conference

In addition, Kenya National Bureau of Statistics contracted JKUAT to supply digital tablets, fitted with tracking software, questionnaires and area maps required to conduct the national population census set to kick off on August 24, 2019. The University has since delivered on its mandate.

As a build up to the August conference, JKUAT had earlier participated in in a pre-conference on enhancing inclusion through ICT in education.

In a keynote address to the conference participants, Ghana’s Deputy Education Minister in charge of Basic and Secondary Education, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum; urged Kenya to invest in young people as a way of preparing them for a productive future.

Access to quality, and relevant education was an integral part of spurring confidence and creativity among children, Dr. Yaw added.

The conference was primed to take stock of the gains made in curriculum reforms while enhancing understanding of the competency based curriculum. Stakeholders were also expected to come up with an implementation road-map.

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