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Kidero to install high speed Wi-Fi in Nairobi public schools

All public secondary schools in Nairobi City County are set to be connected to free Wi-Fi network in an ambitious project set to be launched by the county.

Addressing journalists on Wednesday at Marura Primary school in Kariobangi North Ward, Nairobi County Governor Evans Kidero said that the county government had set aside Sh100 million in its budget to go towards the implementation of the project in the next financial year.

“We want to bridge the electronic divide between private and public schools in the county and also make sure that computers are useful. This can only be achieved by providing Wi-Fi connectivity to all public secondary schools in Nairobi County,” said Dr Kidero during the launch of a new three-storey education complex at Marura primary school.

The project will see all the 85 public secondary schools in the county get the Wi-Fi connection aimed at revolutionizing learning in the public schools through e-learning aided by internet connection.

MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING

The governor said that the county had also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with two organisations, Bridging the Gap and Computer for Schools Kenya, to provide computers for the 85 secondary schools with the county providing connectivity.

“We have signed a memorandum of understanding with bridging the gap and computer for schools Kenya which will provide 20 computers to each of those schools as soon as the project is rolled out while we provide connectivity,” he said.

He added that McMillan library will be turned into an e-library by the beginning of the next financial year.

The governor said that the two organisations have so far delivered over 400, 000 computers to schools across the country and urged the government to waiver levies for such projects to attract more international firms willing to fund various educational programs in the country.