Nabukwesi: Plans underway for the government to provide first year students with laptops

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The Principal Secretary for University Education and Research Simon Nabukwesi has revealed that the government through the ministry of education is having plans to ensure every student joining University gets a laptop.

Nabukwesi also asked education stakeholders to front for digital learning adding that there is a need for schools and institutions to be integrated as the world goes digital.

The PS said that it is time for Information Communication Technology, ICT literacy to be implemented noting that if one is not computer literate then they are as equally illiterate in all other areas adding that university learning is now on virtual platforms.

“The state department of education has proposed that the government buys a laptop for every first year student which is in progress,” he said, adding that the implementation plans are underway.

Speaking at Sipala Secondary school in Webuye, Nabukwesi said the ministry of education and its partners are working hand in hand to ensure that academic is digitalized in both secondary, middle level colleges and Universities noting that some of the institutions across the country have already adopted the e-learning system following the Covid -19 pandemic measures which enforced social distancing.

Nabukwesi expressed his concerns on the commonwealth scholarships online application in Bungoma County saying that only one candidate applied, blaming this to increased computer illiteracy among students.

“If you are not exposed to computers and you don’t understand computer operation it will be very difficult because some of the universities use more of the e-library than the physical library,” he said.

Center for ICT Integration Donated 15 computers to Sipala Secondary school in support of the institution’s computer library.

Center for Integration CEO David Butita said that it is a concern that teachers are being integrated but institutions are lacking infrastructure.

“We are going to be committed to each and of the institutions until we find that all institutions are well integrated to digital,” he said.

He added that the transition to digital learning will reduce carbon emission which in turn promotes environmental conservation, urging all other sectors to come up with climate change mitigation.

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