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President Uhuru Kenyatta has applauded Kenya’s education system mentioning some initiatives by his administration including Digital Learning Programme that has seen Kenya’s education system ranked the best in Africa, and 30th in the World – and we are still improving.

President Uhuru said this during his speech at the 53rd Jamhuri Day celebrations held yesterday in Nairobi. Jamhuri is a Swahili word for Republic) Day marks the day, Kenya got its Independence.

“Our fathers went to war to ensure we are a society free of ignorance. Today, Kenya’s education system is ranked the best in Africa, and 30th in the World – and we are still improving. Today, nine in ten of our children have access to a place in a public primary school; recall that fifty years ago, only 35% of our sons and daughters had that opportunity,” he said.

By next year the president said that all class 1-3 pupils will have digital devices bringing digital learning to every corner of this Republic. and 80,000 teachers will be trained

He further added, “My Administration has kept faith with that vision by connecting every primary school in the republic to electricity; in abolishing exam fees for our students; and in gradually increasing access to free secondary education. And, as we promised, we are rolling out the digital learning project: eighty thousand teachers have been trained, and the digital content has been finalised.”

President Uhuru Kenyatta also pointed out that Digital learning may be new, but the Government’s pursuit for this new modern way of learning was true to the principles for which our fathers fought. ” They knew that knowledge was the key to freedom and prosperity.”

The Digital Learning Programme (DLP) also known as Digischool was initiated by the Government of Kenya in 2013. The programme was later branded Digischool to identify with target audience. The programme is targeted at learners in all public primary schools and is aimed at integrating the use of digital technologies in learning. The decision is borne out of the vision and context that technology now defines our world and there is need to prepare our young people for today’s realities.

The Ministry of Information, Communications and Technology (ICT) is the main driver of the programme with the implementing body being ICT Authority. The programme will be executed through a multi-stakeholder approach.

The cost of the first phase of the project is estimated at 17 billion shillings and will deliver 1.2 million devices in the next two years to cover all public primary schools. The pilot phase of 150 schools is planned for September, 2015.

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