Ministry Responds to Reports of Digital Communication Systems For Schools
On Wednesday, October 19, the Ministry of Education flagged a letter purportedly from Principal Secretary Dr Julius Jwan, in which he urged Kenyan schools to purchase a digital communication platform.
According to the letter, the purpose of the said digital communication platform would be to establish an efficient way of communicating with parents and thus reduce the frequency of school meetings.
This would be accomplished through collaboration between the ministry and the Kenya Postal Corporation (Posta Kenya).
“The ministry in an earlier communication to you as per the PS letter attached required schools to have the platform activated in their respective institutions in liaison with the Postal Corporation of Kenya,” the letter in part.
“The purpose of this letter is to ask you to inform all learning institutions in your area of jurisdiction to support the initiative.”
Teachersupdates.co.ke obtained a letter bearing the ministry’s letterhead and addressed to all County Directors of Education.
Furthermore, the circular dated October 17 was copied to outgoing Education Cabinet Secretary Prof George Magoha as well as the Postal Corporation of Kenya.
The Ministry of Education, on the other hand, dismissed the letter and labeled it as a forgery, despite the lack of additional information on the letter’s origin.
On Wednesday, October 19, a group of social media users shared the letter, drawing the attention of the ministry.
By the time this story was published, the origin of the letter had yet to be determined.
Notably, in January, the government launched a project in collaboration with the ICT authority and the State Department of Training and Skills Development to connect all learning institutions to the internet.
The collaboration aimed to connect over 8,000 learning institutions by the end of 2022.