According to reports the government has also established that kids prefer touch screen devices that those that use a mouse.
Speaking briefing the Parliamentary Committee on Education, Science and Technology on the implementation of laptops program in schools, Cabinet Secretary for Education Prof Jacob Kaimenyi, said Information Communication Technology (ICT) is very dynamic and gadgets and software change rapidly.
Kaimenyi said the government is keen on setting up a gadget assembly plant in the country to make them cheaper for consumers.
The Standard quoted Kaimenyi as saying: “There is a consortium of private sector players willing to partner with Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) to set up a local assembly plant for the computers.”
He added that ICT is very dynamic and gadgets and software change rapidly and argued that clear projections show that in the next five years laptops will be obsolete, hence the move to adoption of tablets. This will also avoid the country being a dumping ground for obsolete goods.
The laptop per child initiative launched as an election pledge by president Uhuru Kenyatta has faced opposition from a cross section of Kenyans among them parents, teachers and non governmental bodies arguing the laptops were not a priority to the students but instead schools should be built, more teachers hired and those on government payroll paid fairly.
The move to tablets might be his saving kick to avoid being diverted from his pledges and later blamed for failing. Chances are the government will implement this policy as individual startups in the country like Kytabu, an encrypted subscription based textbook service and tablet and eLimu, a low-cost tablet for Kenyan primary school students have been piloting their products already.