The ICT Authority has achieved a major milestone towards the implementation of the Digital Literacy Programme – otherwise known as the School Laptop Project – and will now be moving to the proof of concept stage in 150 schools across the country.
This is after the completion of the evaluation process of the eight (8) suppliers who had submitted their tender responses on January 8, 2016 for the supply, installation and commissioning of the Digital Learning Solution for the 22,000 public primary schools. The Moi University and JP SA Couto consortium emerged the winner in two of the three lots which covers 26 counties whereas that of Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture & Technology and Positivo BGH was awarded one lot covering 21 counties.
The winning bidders will now proceed to demonstrate their proposals feasibility in 150 selected schools across the 47 counties after which an evaluation will be made on whether they can start the full roll out of the program across all public primary schools in the country.
The schools are distributed evenly across the 47 counties with three schools picked and representing an urban, peri-urban and rural school. An additional nine schools are allotted to Special Education Schools.
The eight companies/consortiums which were evaluated were:
- Kenyatta University & BRCK Ltd/ Guangzhou Institute of Technology
- Symphony Technologies Limited & Multimedia University/Equity Holding Group/ Tsinghua TongFang co Ltd
- Hewlett – Packard EA Limited
- Dedan Kimathi University of Technology & Meru University of Science and Technology/ Participatia Technologia
- Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology & POSITIVO BGH
- Moi University & JP SA Couto, S.A
- Lenovo EA Limited, Trans Business Machine, Specicom & Ensure Services
- University of Nairobi & Huawei Technologies Ltd
They were part of the 10 companies that had been issued with the RFP documents on November 27, 2015. The Expression of Interest (EOI) proposals were opened on 22nd September 2015 at the ICT Authority offices. In the opening, a total number of 25 companies/consortiums successfully submitted their proposals by the deadline.
The project is being implemented through a multi-agency approach that consists of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Ministry of Industrialization & Enterprise Development, Ministry of Energy and Petroleum, The National treasury and the Office of the Attorney General. The ICT Authority is the lead implementing agency for the programme. Other agencies include The Teacher Service Commission (TSC), Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD), Rural Electrification Authority (REA), Kenya Power, Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) and Kenya Primary Schools Head Teachers Association (KEPSHA).
The key components of the programme are: provision of content for digital learning, provision of digital devices for both learners and teachers, capacity development for teacher and implementers, establishment of local assembly for digital devices and related accessories and broadband connectivity.
The components have so far been delivered on schedule with the Interactive Digital Content for Standard one pupils being launched on December 15, 2015 by Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD). The content is available on a universal platform. On teacher training, a total of 66,000 teachers have been trained on digital literacy and are awaiting a refresher course in the next few weeks.