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Kenya has become the first in sub-Saharan region to introduce digital content for Electronic learning (E-learning) in schools. The move is expected to see advancements in the education sector as both students and pupils can now study via the computer through interactive programs. Education minister Prof. Sam Ongeri officiated over the historical launch during which he dispelled fears among the teaching fraternity that this would cut down on human resource but rather urged them to maximize on the ICT benefits. However the initiative is beset by various challenges including the fear of loss of jobs for teachers. There is also the issue of how it will benefit the rural schools, some of which do not have electricity.

Ongeri assured teachers that they will be educated on the new technology and issued with laptops to facilitate the new technology where mobile buses will be used to enhance ICT in all constituencies. With 38% of Kenya's population said to be illiterate, this technology that has been piloted in 19 schools countrywide, is expected to address the quality service gap arising from the increased school attendance by pupils due to the free primary education and other incentives in the education sector. Before the initiative takes full course in primary's class 6,7 and 8 and secondary's form 3 and 4, the teachers have been urged to rally support behind the new technology in order to benefit. The publishing sector is also expected to keep up with times and start making books available for E-learning.

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