Bishops want tablets extended to pupils in private schools

Bishops want tablets extended to pupils in private schools
  • Bishops now want the government to stop skewed implementation instead make it available to all class one pupils both in private and public primary schools.
  • Only public schools have been so far been considered in the project that has seen class one pupil’s given tablets.
  • Bishop Muhatia held that since the government education policies apply to both public and private schools it would be advantageous to the pupils.
  • So far, a total of 1.2 million digital devices has been distributed nationally to public schools.
  • The digital devices include laptops for the teachers, tablets for the pupils, laptops and Braille embossers for special learners, projectors, digital content servers and wireless routers.

Catholic bishops have called on Jubilee government to implement the digital literacy program in private primary schools.

Only public schools have been so far been considered in the project that has seen class one pupil’s given tablets.

But now the bishops now wants the government to stop skewed implementation instead make it available to all class one pupils both in private and public primary schools.

The Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) said since education is a national function, the government should discriminate pupils in private schools as it likely affects their education growth.

“The government should give laptops to standard one pupils in private schools as it does for public schools, this will ensure government gives equal learning opportunities to all children,” Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) Education Committee Chairman, Bishop Maurice Muhatia said.

Bishop Muhatia held that since the government education policies apply to both public and private schools it would be advantageous to the pupils.

He noted that Private schools proprietors are investors in the education sector and that such a move by the government would motivate them to do even better and improve education standards.

“Investors in private schools are equally contributing to the growth of the economy, and relegating them will not mean well for the sector,” he added.

Muhatia, who also Bishop in charge of Nakuru Diocese, observed that those in the private sector also pay taxes, which in turn are used to purchase the laptops, and thus should not be left out.

The Digital Learning Programme (DLP) was initiated as flagship programme by the Jubilee Government in 2013. The programme is targeted at learners in all public primary schools and is aimed at integrating the use of digital technologies in learning.

So far, a total of 1.2 million digital devices has been distributed nationally to public schools.

The digital devices include laptops for the teachers, tablets for the pupils, laptops and Braille embossers for special learners, projectors, digital content servers and wireless routers.

However, the archbishop applauded government efforts in bringing to an end payment examination fee for national exams, saying it will ensure all eligible students sit for their national examinations, irrespective of their financial status.

He disclosed that examination fee abolishment will trigger an increase of candidates registering for national examinations.

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