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County hall to establish ICT centres in public schools

A private company is to install fibre optic cables in all primary public primary and secondary schools. The company will also equip primary school teachers with ICT skills for the next three months, thanks to a contract from Nairobi County Government.

Executive Member for education,   Mr Christopher Khaemba, said they were out to ensure that teachers got the best ICT skills.

“We have identified all public schools across the county before we partner with the company to install the fiber optic cables,” Mr Khaembasaid.

The county   has  partnered with  Microsoft, Zuku and  IBM  who will also  install fast internet services to all the schools.

“We are also targeting  all social halls across the city where we will have the fiber optic cables installed,” he said.

The Microsoft Company  will provide training services to all teachers and provide computers to the schools.

“Through the services given by the Microsoft Company, we are planning to establish  an ICT Centre in each school and install enough computers and laptops to serve all teachers and  pupils in the public primary schools,” said Khaemba

He said this was one way of improving academic performance and help in providing  quality education in public schools.

“We want our children and teachers to be well informed with technology and improve  the performance levels,” Mr Khaemba said.

The new project is as a product of the Jubilee manifesto which promised to provide free laptops to all Standard One pupils.

“We want to equip all pupils in Nairobi and also break the gap which could be created since the government is targeting only Standard One children,” he said.