The Jubilee Government decorated its manifesto during the 2013 elections with the promise of availing laptops to every Standard One pupil country-wide. Even with the two-year delay, laptops are to be distributed to primary schools starting July this year through the Digital Literacy Program (DLP).
Many organizations, among them University of Nairobi, Multi-media University and Huawei technologies were enlisted to receive tenders to supply the devices to both urban and rural schools. However, Moi University and Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology were the ones shortlisted to carry out the program’s activity.
Moi University is set to supply laptops to schools in 26 counties while JKUAT is to supply to the remaining 21. DLP (Digital literacy Program) set to supply 294981 laptops and 23951 teacher digital services in total to schools countrywide.
Before this commences, the two Universities are meant to conduct a pilot in 150 schools around the country both urban and rural.
The provision of laptops to pupils at primary level bound to increase literacy and computer competence in Kenya. This program would also force the placement of infrastructure not only in rural schools but also in the areas surrounding as electricity is necessary for the functioning of electronic gadgets like laptops
It will diversify the type of employment that would be open to the children when the time comes. As opposed to the common jobs that are readily available in the rural areas in Kenya currently like in the agricultural and transport sector or food and mining industries.
People in rural parts of Kenya will be exposed to technology. This will lead to general development of counties and possibly decentralization of employment or business opportunities in Nairobi.