The Ministry of Education has officially suspended the issuance of laptops to class one pupils under the digital literacy programme.
The Ministry noted that they have opted to build computer laboratories for ICT integration.
Addressing the changes to the National Assembly’s Education Committee, Principal Secretary Belio Kipsang stated that each of the 25,000 public primary schools will get one computer laboratory.
“There has been a policy change in programme from one child-one laptop to the construction of computer laboratories for ICT integration,” told Dr Kipsang.
According to Dr Kipsang, the construction of labs was part of phase two of the project.
The one laptop per child in Jubilee’s Digital Learning Programme was intended to entrench ICT in teaching and learning in primary schools.
In 2013, when President Uhuru Kenyatta announced that all the 1.2 million class one pupils would get laptops, educationists proposed instead that the government first considers building computer laboratories.
However, despite the promise that the issuance of laptops to primary school kids brought, it was short-lived as various reports indicated that the government failed to honour it and teachers were equally not prepared to use them.
During the project’s first rollout in 2016, the policy shifted from laptops to tablets due to cost implications.
Despite the shift, not all the pupils in primary schools had received the tablets and those that got some were no longer using them while others were reportedly stolen.