Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) assembly plant is capable of producing about 1,000 laptops a day, according to the Principal Secretary for Information Victor Kyalo.
And the university assembled only 2,000 tablets of the 700,000 that have been distributed to public primary schools under the Digital Learning Programme (DLP). The rest were assembled in and imported from China.
Under the program, two Kenyan consortia of JKUAT and Moi University were to install laptops, routers and servers to deliver 600, 000 laptops for distribution to marked primary schools in the pilot phase which ended last June.
At the end of the project Sh17 billion will have been spent.
Nigerian Minister for Communication Abdul-Raheem Shittu who accompanied the PS said, “This is a good start for learning from each other.” He praised efforts by the Government to advance ICT in the country.
The minister said he was impressed by JKUAT’s ability to assemble the digital content devices locally. It was a challenge Nigeria was willing to take up, he said.
Shittu said he would link JKUAT to one of Nigeria’s institutes of agriculture and technology.
Under the ruling Jubilee manifesto, all public primary schools in Kenya are expected receive the devices. The government says learners in Standard Four and upper primary school will benefit from computer labs through the program.
The program has been heavily criticized for being a wrong priority given the many problems affecting the country. Most of the primary schools do not have electricity and many are still offering lessons under trees due to lack of basic facilities.