Laptop Project to be realised by 2017 - Matiang'i

Written By Jane Njeri Thuo

Information, Communication and Technology Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i has assured Kenyans that the laptop project for primary school learners will be realised by 2017. The CS said the government will launch the digital learning programme in April next year and subsequently have it rolled out countrywide.

Speaking in Gatundu on Thursday, the CS said the government cannot afford to delay the scheme any further or have it derailed.

“This is a commitment which the Jubilee government must ensure it succeeds. All the schools will be enabled to embrace the digital learning process in due course,” he said.

Dr Matiang’i was responding to a concern raised by Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria who asked the Jubilee administration to speed up the digital learning process to avoid ridicule by the Opposition.

The MP suggested that in each of the remaining two years ahead of the election, the government should supply laptops to 600,000 Class One pupils for the programme to succeed.

“The Jubilee administration should not give our opponents a chance to point accusing fingers at us for failing to fulfil its pre-election pledge,” Mr Kuria said.

Dr Matiang’i said the government has embarked on improving Internet connectivity in the area by laying out fibre optic cables.

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