Acting Education Minister of Kenya, Dr Noah Wekesa has said that government's efforts to put in place a comprehensive Information and Communication Technology (ICT) infrastructure in Kenya have been hampered by lack of adequate resources.
As a result, Dr Wekesa conceded that many good strategies and investment programmes in the ICT sector are wasted due to inadequate human and financial resources. Speaking after presiding over the launch of the National ICT Strategy for Education and Training at the Kenya Institute of Education (KIE), Wekesa said as the government strives to provide computers to schools based in the rural areas, it should also be keen to avail solutions to electric power provision. The ministry is experiencing serious difficulties in relation to putting in place ICT infrastructure, Internet access, relevant educational software, digitalisation of local content and, most critically, training of personnel in the country's education system. He said it is important for the government to employ teachers who are ICT-trained to impart the required education and knowledge. To meet the needs of the sector, the minister said his ministry has started programmes aimed at ensuring integration of ICT in education. The strategy is a comprehensive road map, which has been developed through a stakeholder mobilisation from the ministry, the public sector, private sector, civil society and development partners.
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