Jubilee’s school laptop project has flopped, says House committee

Primary schools across the country are yet to fully achieve objectives of the government’s Sh30 billion Digital Learning Program (DLP) despite the distribution of tablets.

The joint committee of the National Assembly and the Senate on ICT and Education Friday said the aspirations of the programme are yet to be achieved. The team expressed fear that the facilities supplied to Standard One pupils may be gathering dust in schools.

The committee, which is currently in the North Rift to assess the project, said contrary to reports of 100 per cent implementation by the Education Ministry, the project had failed to offer value for the taxpayers’ money.

“Our survey indicates that laptops distributed to schools are not in use,” said Christopher Langat, Bomet Senator and committee chair.

The senator said the project should not be turned into a populist undertaking but should serve the intended aspiration to promote digital learning.

Friday, the committee was to make an impromptu visit to some schools in the region to assess uptake.  

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