11 Tvets Set To Benefit from Google’s Kshs. 500 Million Internet Connectivity Project
Eleven Technical Training Institutes have received a huge Google Sponsorship worth Kshs. 500 Million.
The development courtesy of the State Department of Technical and Vocational Education and Training in partnership with Google and the ICT ministry will be used in the provision of internet connectivity to technical institutions in the country.
While attending an event at Bondo, ICT PS Jerome Ochieng said that they had identified TVET institutes which will benefit from the project.
Among the institutions set to benefit from the scheme are Kisumu National Polytechnic, Meru National Polytechnic, the Kenya Coast National Polytechnic, and Eldoret Polytechnic among others.
According to Ochieng, the adoption of internet learning across institutions had been affected by the learning disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The improved internet infrastructure in the technical institutions will ensure trainees have desired technical technology,” said Ochieng.
Ochieng lauded Google for sponsoring the connectivity project to 87 institutions in Kenya at a cost of Kshs. 500 Million.
“The high-speed internet connectivity in health facilities will not only improve efficiency in service delivery but will also make referrals of patients across all levels easier,” said the PS.
Ochieng revealed that the department has started a similar project in hospitals and law courts.
“If all hospitals are connected through LAN, efficiency in our public hospitals will be improved. Patients will be spared the burden of carrying documents to their referral centres to get services,” said Ochieng.
According to Ochieng said that the availability of internet connectivity in hospitals will kick start telemedicine and save millions of shillings by enabling them to get treatment locally.
“Through medicine, local doctors will be able to consult doctors abroad in real-time. If the necessary equipment is available in the country, our people will be spared the expense of having to spend millions of shillings in airfare going to seek treatment abroad,” he said.
PS Ochieng also revealed that at the moment 45 public hospitals have been fitted with high-speed connectivity as a result of the implementation of the Universal Health Coverage program by the government. He also revealed that the completion of the ongoing work in nine facilities will take the total to 54 by the month of September this year.