Pilot for Jubilee Laptops begins today in 150 Schools

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The government recently announced that the consortia of Moi University– JP SA Couto and Jomo Kenyatta University of Science and Technology (JKUAT)- Positivo BGH won the Kshs. 17 Billion tender to supply laptops, a pet project of the Jubilee government. The project referred to as the Digital literacy Program is being championed by an inter-ministerial committee under the Digischool brand.

The proof of concept for the project is slated to begin today 22nd February 2016 with 150 schools  selected for the pilot include an urban, peri-urban and rural school. An additional nine schools are allotted to Special Education Schools. The schools were selected based off availability of electricity, teacher training, desks and storage of devices. During the proof of concept phase will gauge the ability to deliver, specification of devices as well as their usability. The devices will include 14-inch laptops for teachers,  10 inch tablets for students, while special need pupils will have 12 inch laptops with brail key boards, head phones and an embosser. After the completion of the pilot phase, the implementation phase will follow with 600,000 devices delivered to 11,000 schools under phase 1 with the second phase delivering the next batch by June 2017. Delivery is split between the consortia with Moi University supplying 26 counties while JKUAT supplies 21 counties.

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