Digitization of schools should be placed under NGCDF, says principal

Students enjoy the feel of a computer lab in their school. Digitization should be put under the management of NGCDF.

The plan to digitize schools can only be effective if it is placed under the auspices of the NGCDF as it has proved to be dependable, Principal Garden Estate School Patrick Waweru has said.

He attributed the huge successes of the education sector to the transparent and accountable management of the NGCDF resources.

“Bringing digitization of education under the fund will ensure that young people in school and even in the neighbourhoods will expand and make access to skills cheaper to a wider population,” he said.

Contributing during a debate on the successes of the NGCDF, Waweru said that digitization through hubs could also be expanded to cover improvement of libraries to e-libraries, hence easing their access in school and outside.

He noted that the making of digital hubs accessible widely would elevate the levels of digital skills more widely and open employment opportunities for young people locally and abroad.

Waweru called for the liberalization of use of digital equipment available in schools to ensure that they are accessible to more learners inside and outside education institutions, noting that Garden Estate had expanded access of its resources to a wider population.

“We are living in a world where digitization is almost a prerequisite and digital equipment should be fully utilized to benefit as many Kenyans as possible,” he said, noting that his school allows the community around to use its computers at a minimum fee.

The Chief Manager Programmes at the NGCDF Elizabeth Kitundu said that the fund is in the process of restructuring its systems and is set to include ICT projects at school level.

She said the digitization programme under the NGCDF will incorporate other government departments, and especially the ICT ministry, which will post staff to schools once the hardware, software and more reliable internet connections are availed.


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