Digital learning to be expanded to higher institutions

The Digital Literacy Program rolled out in public primary schools will now be expanded to include secondary schools, tertiary institutions and public universities.

ICT Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru said the successful implementation of the programme in public primary schools has prompted the government to add value to the curriculum so as to equip and expose students of the secondary schools and higher learning institutions to IT Skills.

“Our aim is to turn Kenya into a world capital of Information Communication business outsourcing hub,” he declared.

“To actualize the programme the government has taken deliberate efforts to expand broadband connectivity, build ICT human capacity and facilitate access to information and services to attract investment and capital in the ICT market,” the CS explained.

He disclosed the government was keenly monitoring the ICT revolutionary innovations and making deliberate efforts to leverage on local skills to transfer half of the outsourcing and on-line jobs to Kenya over the next ten years.

Mr Mucheru was speaking yesterday at the Kenya School of Government when he officially launched a one-week induction course for 400 graduates under the Digital Literacy Programme.

He noted that the global ICT business outsourcing was a lucrative area that currently stood at about Sh30, 000 billion while online jobs are valued at Sh250 billion.

The Cabinet Secretary said the mobile phone market in Africa has had a huge potential to Kenya, with a 700 million phone subscribers out of which 37 million are Kenyans.

He said with over 40 million Kenyans holding mobile phones, the country’s import demand is projected to be 40 million phones every two years; a venture that Kenya needed to take advantage of.

“I want to appeal to Kenyans especially the youths to take up online jobs, simply because already, over 41, 000 Kenyans are employed under digital online jobs but it is not fully exploited,” Mucheru advised.

The CS said his ministry was partnering with the private sector to identify and mentor young talents, aimed at creating a rich pool of ICT human capital that will power the country’s flagship projects and strategically place Kenya in the global ICT stage.

In addition, he revealed efforts were being made to connect most Kenyan homes to the internet, to provide opportunity to Kenyans to access free-lance on-line labour markets where they can work from home for companies abroad.

“Our intention is to provide information to the public for use, taking advantage of the current cloud computing system where data processing, storage and connectivity are unlimited,” Mucheru disclosed.

He observed that the government was creating an open and fair ICT market guided by responsive policies and regulations that encourage growth and investment by the private sector.

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