Laptops will not replace you in class, teachers told
16 May 2016, 18:18
Kitui - The director of education in Kitui county Pascal Makite has allayed fears among primary school teachers that e-learning through the Digital Literacy Programme dubbed the laptop project would replace them in class.
Speaking during the launch of the programme’s pilot of 172 tablets for Kitui township primary school’s standard one pupils, Makite said instead, the gadgets would greatly improve both the teaching and learning experience in addition to easing teachers’ work.
Makite said that teachers should embrace the programme that nationally targets to equip 1.2 million standard one pupils in 22,000 schools with a laptop as it would help attain national long term goals.
He encouraged the teachers to ensure that the programme succeeds as the government tries to employ more teachers.
Makite cited Japan as having embraced e- learning as early as 1940s yet it has one of the best teacher student teacher ratios in the world.
The director said that Kitui County got 288 tablets for Muthue primary in Ikutha (63), Kasaini in Tseikuru (53) and Township in Kitui primary schools (172) being among the three schools per county that the programme would be piloting nationally.
The piloting in Kitui is being carried out by Moi University and partner JP SA Couto, a South African research and investing firm that won the tender to supply, install and commission digital learning solutions in schools in 26 counties.
The other 21 counties will be supplied by the second consortium Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology with its partner Positovo, a joint venture between positive Informatica of Brazil and Argentina BHG
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