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The national government has stepped up its plans to ensure that all primary and secondary schools have access to the internet by 2025, a move which could make the digital learning dream a reality.

According to the digital master plan rolled out by the government to drive the integration of information and communication technology programmes in learning institutions, over 200 schools have been connected to the internet in the past three months.

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“Ensuring every school has internet will enhance learning because students can access academic materials online and undertake research,” said Information and Communication Technology Authority (ICTA) acting chief executive Paul Rono. He was monitoring the implementation of the government’s ICT initiatives in Isiolo at the weekend, accompanied by ICTA board chair Fredrick Owino.

According to Rono, the government will soon start offering IT skills to enhance accessibility of online jobs and business opportunities among most Kenyans. He urged those interested to register on their citizen training portal.

“Those interested will be facilitated to get quality training on technology use which will help them apply for jobs online and network with others in other parts of the world,” he said, adding that the training centres will be established in the wards.

The team also inspected infrastructure amid plans to begin tarmacking of the Isiolo-Modogashe-Mandera road, which is part of the Sh83.7 billion Horn of Africa Gateway development project funded by the World Bank and the national government. The road that will transverse Isiolo, Meru, Wajir, Garissa and Mandera counties is one of the largest infrastructure projects in the region.

Isiolo, Wajir, Garissa and Mandera are among the 10 least developed counties in Kenya with a high poverty rate. Isiolo County Commissioner Geoffrey Omoding said during Madaraka Day celebrations on June 1 that contractors were on site and work would begin this month.

Prof Owino said a fibre optic cable will be laid along the highway to benefit schools and other public facilities.

“We are giving a lot of importance to such projects that will open up the region and link Kenya to neighbouring countries,” he said. He urged locals to cooperate with the contractor and stop vandalising infrastructure.

“The government has invested a lot to establish the existing infrastructure. We ask communities to protect it because they stand to lose if stolen or vandalised,” said Prof Owino.

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