Government has started sharing laptops and tablets to some public primary schools. Three schools in Mombasa, including Sparki primary school in Mvita, Mwijabu primary school in Changamwe, and Kisauni primary school in Kisauni constituency, are among the first 150 schools to benefit from the Sh17 billion project nationwide.
The pupils received laptops on Tuesday at the start of the second term.
Recall that Jubilee promised, during her campaigns just before the 2013 general election, to give free laptops to pupils, and the project expects at least 11,500 pupils from the 150 schools to benefit from it.
Sparki primary school head teacher Alfred Nthiga expressed his gratitude to the national government for making them their prime concern. The school received 80 tablets (Learners Learning Devices), two laptops (Teacher Devices) and one projector, which will be used during the computer lessons.
Nthiga said they admitted 80 students in class one this year and each of the students is expected to benefit from the devices. He said Sparki primary began the computer programme lessons in 2009 with the help of the USAID and the new laptops delivered by the government will add a leg up to the learning process.
Mwijabu and Kisauni primary schools received 69 and 11 tablets respectively along with laptops and projector for their studies. Government said the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) and Moi University will provide the laptops, routers and servers for the 150 schools.
Moi University, in partnership with a Portuguese firm JP SA Couto, is expected to deliver laptops to 26 counties. On the other hand, JKUAT together with BGH (a joint venture between Argentinean and Brazilian firms) will supply the remaining 21 counties. Counties in Coast are among those that will receive laptops from Moi University and JP SA Couto.