Authority to connect all public secondary schools to high speed Internet
Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) Director General Mr.Francis Wangusi takes Bungoma Governor Ken Lusaka (second right) around the CA stand at the Bungoma edition of the county ICT consumer Forum known as Kikao Kikuu.The forum hosted by the Authority seeks to give ICT consumers a platform to discuss various issues pertaining to ICTs. Bungoma is the 12th county to host the forum.
The Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) is set to connect 54 public secondary schools in Bungoma County to high speed Internet.
This is part of plan that will see CA link all public secondary schools in the country to broadband Internet at a cost of Ksh800 million under the Universal Service Fund (USF).
Already the Authority, through the Ministry of Education has identified 896 schools it has earmarked to connect to the high speed Internet during the financial year 2016/2017.
The Authority will support the project for four years 100 per cent funding in the first year, while in the second year CA will contribute 75 per cent of the cost with the Ministry of Education financing 25 per cent.
In the third year, the Authority and the education ministry will split the costs equally at 50 per cent while in the fourth year, the CA will contribute a quarter of the costs with the Ministry of Education shouldering 75 per cent of the total costs.
CA Director General Mr.Francis Wangusi said the schools were selected based on their ICT readiness, meaning that they had to have computer labs and must have enrolled their students for Kenya Certificate of Secondary Examination (KCSE) Computer examinations.
“We have entered a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Education to identify the Schools. So far we have identified 896 secondary schools,” Mr Wangusi said on Thursday at Bungoma Airstrip during the twelfth edition of the Communications Authority of Kenya’s ICT Consumer Forum dubbed Kikao Kikuu.
“We believe this is going to be a foundation through which we will grow our capacity in ICT and also enable our young children to start developing their critical skills in ICTs,” Mr Wangusi added.
The Universal Service Fund has so far has collected Ksh.4.7 Billion. The Fund was established in 2009 to subsidize the cost of ICT infrastructure roll out and expansion in un-served and underserved areas.
The Fund is primarily financed through mandatory contributions by licensed operators who contribute O.5 per cent of their gross revenue.
Bungoma Governor Kenneth Lusaka said, his county is very keen to work closely with the national government and its agencies such as Communications Authority to ensure they take full advantage of ICTs and the potential it has to spur innovation.
“The possibility of Bungoma County and by extension our country Kenya becoming a knowledge based society hinges on the harnessing of ICT capabilities,” Governor Lusaka noted.
Last month the Authority announced plans to connect five secondary schools in Kwale County to broadband.
Kikao Kikuu is a County ICT Consumer forum hosted by the Authority to engage users of ICT services on the quality of services as well as ICT opportunities in the various counties.
Additionally, the Authority is also devolving its and already has a regional office in Eldoret covering 12 counties of the north rift and the larger western regions. It is set to open other offices in Kisumu and Nyeri in the coming year.
You can read the speech by the CA Director General here.