June 08, 2013

Uhuruto (Jubilee Government) Should Reverse Their "Laptop for Standard One" Project

When Jubilee first announced their pledge to provide Standard One pupils with solar-powered laptops, everyone was intrigued. No serious thought was given to the pledge as it was considered just another political campaign gimmick. Untill Jubilee won the elections.

These are "different times" in the Kenyan political scene. This is because the executive is keen to implement its ambitious pledges without blinking, unlike before. One of this hotly debated pledge is equipping five-year-olds with laptops.
Some people are surprised; others have actively opposed the idea. However, questions have arisen regarding the wisdom behind bringing some pledges to fruition.

Given the limited resources at the government's disposal and other "pressing" matters, why not reprioritize resources to ending poverty or other projects that are deemed to produce greater impact? The need to feed the hungry or hire more teachers or build better schools is often cited to justify scrapping the program.
Another concern is: Has the governement done due diligence to ensure the program doesn't turn into a scandal? Has the governement fallen for the technology fallacy --believing that technology is the panacea of all our problems?
Does it make economic sense?

When these questions, among others, are considered, it becomes plausible to kill the program. Kenyans are eager to let the president off from fulfilling this promise. He should seize the opportunity. It is said that a wise man changes his mind; a fool, never. The president would be wise to reallocate resources to projects that will yield greater benefits for the country. How about injecting the money into the economy to stimulate job creation? Or even speeding up the expansion of urban roads to eliminate traffic jams that result in billions being lost? Or channeling the funds to fighting crime and making the country safe?

I am among the skeptics of the Laptops project. It is largely going to be a waste of money and a nuisance. As one commentator put it, handling a billion pieces of electronic waste, when the agencies are being overwhelmed by household waste, will ba a nightmare. Not only am I concerned that the devices will become waste quickly but, given the illiteracy and poverty in most families, the gadgets will likely just lie unused or sold to help buy food or clothes. Besides, I don't think 6-year-olds know how to take care of an electronic device that is susceptible to damage from water, dust, breaking after falling e.t.c

March 14, 2011

Upgrade Yourself

Many people abhor change, especially if the effect of the change is not clear and simple enough. This fear of change seems to transcend any facet of humanity. From new leader to new computer. But in all instances, the earliest bird gets the grain by beating others to it; late comers just fight over

October 22, 2010

How Net Firms Thrive on Your Personal Information

You're certainly signed up to Google+, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest etc. and you have liberally splashed every facet of your life from where you'd like to vacation to films you love to watch. This data is mined by these Internet firms who sell the information for a million bucks! It's not debatable how Facebook and the ilk help us keep in touch but if we refused to

October 17, 2010

Stupid Articles Get NO Comments...Contrary

Everybody is publishing their views, experiences and stories on the Internet. And they expect that their content appeals to everybody that comes across it. Therefore, it is natural that readers are expected to leave a comment after reading your work. Some articles attract uncountable comments;others just can't get any! This happens even

October 06, 2010

Can Emphasis on Science and Technology Courses Spur Development in Africa

Recently, BA. students from a Nairobi University hit the streets to demonstrate against a government proposal to shift funding from Humanities courses offered at local universities to Science and Technology courses.
The proposal was mooted by the iconic Minister for Higher Education, William Ruto, whom many describe as the "best thing that ever happened to the Grand Coalition Government". The youthful and intelligent leader invariably articulates grand plans aimed at

September 26, 2010

Hacking Information Systems

An hacker is not the same as a "cracker". A hacker is a
“person who enjoys exploring the details of programmable systems and how to stretch their capabilities, as opposed to most users, who prefer to learn only the minimum necessary.”
.On the other hand, a cracker is a 'malicious meddler who tries to discover sensitive information by poking around.' Hackers are a desired group of intellectuals whose contribution