Moi And JKUAT Edge Out Other Bidders In Laptop Bids As They Emerge Winners

Out of the eight suppliers who rendered their tender responses in January, 2016 for the supply, installation and commissioning of the Digital Learning Solution for the 22,000 public primary schools, Moi University and Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology came out the winners.

The two schools edge out other bidders to become the suppliers of the laptop.

They were announced after a series of evaluation process and they will have to supply laptops to 150 primary schools.

In the first stage of the Sh17 billion scheme, the schools have to demonstrate that they are capable of providing 1.2 million laptops and other devices as proposed.

According ICT Authority, the winners will demonstrate feasibility of their proposals in the 150 selected schools.

An evaluation will follow on whether they can be awarded contracts for the full roll-out of the programme across all public primary schools in the country.

The schools are shared equally across the 47 counties with three schools representing an urban, peri-urban and rural school chosen.

An additional nine schools are allotted to Special Education Schools. Moi University will have to demonstrate it can supply the laptops in two of the three lots which covers 26 counties.

The scheme is effected through a multi-agency approach and it includes the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Ministry of Industrialization & Enterprise Development, Ministry of Energy and Petroleum, The National Treasury and the Office of the Attorney General.

Other agencies involved include The Teacher Service Commission (TSC), Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD), Rural Electrification Authority (REA), Kenya Power, Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) and Kenya Primary Schools Head Teachers Association (KEPSHA), while the biggest implementing agency for the programme is ICT Authority.

The programme which takes ICT of the country to another level is expected to deliver 983,271 laptops for children in standard one when it begins.

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294,981 laptops and 23,951 teacher digital devices are also expected to reach to schools by July.

A different 10 per cent of the entire number of devices needed will be made available in September and a similar number in November.

The full programme will make sure teachers are trained to tutor using laptops, create a local assembly for digital devices and related accessories and broadband connectivity.

Digital content is ready with standard one curriculum launched on December 15 by the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development.