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10,000 public schools to get internet, Matiang'i promises

By Nehemiah Okwemba | Published Tue, June 13th 2017 at 00:00, Updated June 12th 2017 at 20:35 GMT +3


Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i

Some 10,000 public schools will be connected to the internet to enhance digital learning, the Government has announced.

Speaking at Kakoneni Girls Secondary School where he had gone to inspect learning activities, Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i said yesterday the programme would start immediately. He said providing digital data storage facilities would enable learners and teachers prepare for lessons and would ease the use of hard copies.

Head teachers, deputies and academic heads would be provided with laptops and would be required to file progress reports to education officials regularly.

"Teachers will be able to update and store data in real time and this will promote transparency and accountability," he added. Teachers will get lockers, desks and cabinets to ensure they work comfortably, Dr Matiang'i said. In most schools, he said, teachers were working in deplorable conditions.

Matiang'i gave Kakoneni girls Sh15 million to upgrade infrastructure as directed by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

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He said to improve transition rate in schools especially at the Coast and north eastern regions, there was need to improve and expand infrastructure.