Preparedness of public Primary Schools in the implementation of Laptops project in Kenya; A case of Kimilili sub County, Bungoma County
The laptop project is one of the flagship projects promised by the Jubilee government. The project is earmarked for implementation in the public primary schools with standard one pupils being the beneficiaries. However, there is currently a debate about how the implementation should take place or postponed because of a number of challenges. The purpose of this study was to investigate the preparedness of the public primary schools for the implementation of laptops project in Kimilili Sub County, Bungoma County. The objectives of this study are; to ascertain infrastructural preparedness, to examine teachers‘ preparedness in computer knowledge, to establish schools preparedness in subject content availability, and to assess preparedness of school management in the implementation of laptop projects in public primary schools in Kimilili Sub-County. Therefore the research questions for the study are; Does the available infrastructure meet the requirements, Do the teachers have computer knowledge and skills, Are schools having access to subject content, Are the school managers prepared for the implementation of the laptops project in public primary schools in Kimilili Sub-County? The study adopted the descriptive survey research design to study the preparedness of public primary schools in the implementation of laptops project. The target population was 45 public primary schools in Kimilili Sub County with 739 teachers and 3 TAC tutors. Therefore the sample for this study was 149 respondents from 9 schools. The sampling technique used was stratified sampling using zones as strata. Purposeful selection was used to obtain the head teachers and TAC tutors while simple random selection was employed to obtain 149 teachers from nine schools. The research instruments used in this study for data collection were questionnaire and interview schedule. The questionnaires were given to teachers and head teachers while interview schedules were administered to the TAC tutors. Data was summarized using SPSS software then frequency tables and percentages were used to analyse the quantitative and qualitative information. From findings, major challenges faced by the schools which have contributed to the unpreparedness for the laptops implementation included lack of adequate training in ICT for teachers and administrators, limited computer hardware dedicated to administrative work, lack of time and absence of appropriate administrative software. The study findings suggest that for successful implementation of the laptops project in Kenya; innovative strategies that include training and the formulation of an ICT policy, ensure adequate supply of electricity and equipping all the teachers in schools and ensuring that the school management committees are at par with ICT use in schools.