The Laptop project in Kenya will not start in the time it was allocated as the government of Kenya has cancelled the projects tender for schools.
They say that the reason behind it is that there is a budget deficit as the bidders made quotes that exceed the budgetary projections.
Prof. Jacob Kaimenyi, the Education Cabinet Secretary, said that the tender process was cancelled because the government had budgeted for Ksh 2 billion whereas the lowest bidder has a quote of Ksh 32 billion.
The project in itself is esteemed to cost a total of Ksh 50 billion which is targeting more than 1.3 million pupils in public primary schools and is said to include training of the teachers as well as electricity connection to various primary schools.
The project that is set to start next year, the government says, will have 425,000 pupils who will benefit from this ICT venture.
The Cabinet Secretary emphasized that the government will work hard to ensure the gadgets are delivered to schools in the first quarter of 2014, adding that his Ministry would go into consultations with other sectors of the government to see how to achieve this.
The Laptop Project was the core promise in the Jubilee manifesto during the campaigns and the president has so far insisted that it will deliver the promise to provide free laptops to standard one pupils in the country.
So does this mean they made a budget before consulting or could it be the taxing that has affected the pricing, but one thing is for sure Kenyans are watching if this key promise will be fulfilled or not as there were so many mixed reactions on the delivery of the laptops.