“Can somebody who was unable to pay teachers, somebody who was unable to bring laptops, somebody who was unable to bring electricity to schools, really pay fees for schoolchildren?” - Governor Hassan Ali Joho at Nasa Rally in Machakos County, Sunday June 4, 2017
Was the government unable to bring laptops and electricity to schools and pay teachers?
Regarding connection of schools to electricity, Kenya Power says that in the 2015/2016 fiscal year it connected electricity to 7,402 public primary schools under the national public schools electrification programme implemented in conjunction with the Rural Electrification Authority (REA). This brought the cumulative connections in primary schools to 18,793.
Nation Newsplex could not find published reports or data on the laptop project from the ministries of Education or ICT. Since September 30, 2016, when the government began rolling out the laptop project, at least 700,000 out of 1.2 million Standard One pupils had received tablets by April 16, 2017, according to Deputy President William Ruto.
This is far behind what the Jubilee government promised in 2013, that every child joining Standard One in 2014 would receive a solar-powered laptop.
Even then critics wondered what would happen to the pupils as they moved on to the next class. Would they continue receiving the laptops? In 2016, the Information Communication and Technology Authority said on their website that the project had been expanded to target all learners in primary schools.
However, the learning experience has been found to have some hitches in terms of the quality of interactive learning material.