All Public Primary Schools to Have Power By End of June

THE government will connect power to all the 22,000 public primary schools by end of June, Energy Principal Secretary Joseph Njoroge said yesterday.

He was presentation his ministry’s performance report to the Senate’s Energy Committee. Njoroge said they have established a demand committee that will audit current and existing power demands. “The ministry is in the process of electrifying all public primary schools by end of 2014-15 year,” Njoroge said.

He said 1,706 primary schools were connected between July and December 31, 2014. Njoroge said the electrification will support the primary schools tablets project. Last month the Jubilee government officially abandoned the Sh24.6 billion primary schools laptop project for “cheaper and more portable tablets”.

Education Cabinet Secretary Jacob Kaimenyi said cost implications, ruggedness, portability and power are some of the factors that led to the shift to tablets.

“Public institutions which are far from the national grid are being installed with solar panels. “Wind power is being used for water pumping in arid and semiarid areas,” Njoroge said. Kenya Power and Lighting Company CEO Ben Chumo said the recent directive by President Uhuru Kenyatta to cut the power connection cost from Sh35,000 to Sh15,000 is on. He said he expects more Kenyans to apply for electricity connections.

Source : The Star