When the Uhuru Ruto government came into play a couple of years ago, many a people beheld the future with glowing faces. The kids in lower primary school, and their teachers, to be specific were some of the most intrigued Kenyans to be part of the new government. Even though this happiness was enshrouded in a misty gown of uncertainty, many were still optimistic that the new president will make real the Laptop dream.
Two years down the line, the laptop dream sits dusty at an almost neglected desk in most primary schools. While some analysts would argue that the promise was empty and worthless, technology enthusiasts like Tech Mag and Microsoft believe that introducing computers to a child’s life at such a tender age would implode his or her thinking capacity making our kids more creative and productive.
Let’s face it. A bunch of kids who spend their entire holiday kicking a polythene bag football have less technique to implement in comparison to those who can get a glimpse of Messi playing on Wednesday evenings. Those who can create a car model concept on a computer sketching app stand a better chance to make better wireframe cars.
So, yes, we need these laptops. And Microsoft has the solution we need.
Microsoft has rolled out a Surface 3 species with the sturdy and reliable Type Cover and a Surface Pen to cap of the bill. This will sell at a 10 percent discount to any educational institution. An additional cheaper and less powerful Surface 3 model with 32GB of storage will help schools cut down on the cost even further.
Let’s get this clear, the Surface 3 is not a laptop. It is something between a hefty tablet and a laptop. The good news is it runs the familiar Windows OS and ‘it can run like as a laptop when you need it to.’
To ensure that the Surface 3 works perfectly with students, Microsoft has struggled to develop Type Covers and Surface pens that are resistant to most accidental damages and easy to carry. The rugged cases will keep everything intact and close at hand whenever the student needs it.
While these at least Ksh35,000 would have done the job mighty fine, many might argue that they will be way above our budget. Furnishing a rural school with 100 children in class one will cost 3.5m shillings. Multiply that with a 10,000 and you get an agreeable 35,000m. Not as phenomenal a figure as you might have imagined.
Counting on Microsoft’s latest innovation to fuel our dreams would be a longshot. I wouldn’t demand that. However, the fact that a mere 35,000m could place these darlings into the hands of 10,000 eager kids is such a bargain. Imagine what the billions set aside for this budget could do!