The government has said the high security and fast delivery of last year’s national examinations is attributed to deployment of modern ICT systems.

Cabinet Secretary for Education Dr. Fred Matiang’i said the government made radical reviews on the examination process by creating 25 new stations in Nairobi and integrated modern technology with the assistance of Ministry of ICT.
Speaking at the Kenya School of Government today during graduation ceremony of engineering and ICT interns under the Presidential Digital Talent Program, Dr Matiangi said the heavy investment in development of ICT infrastructure and expertise in the country has paid dividend by making it possible to leverage on technology to monitor, secure examinations processes and relay the results real time.

DrMatiangi said the government banks on technology to eliminate fraud in the national examination and other sectors of the society to deliver efficient and effective public services.

He observed thatgovernment Ministries would be asked to conduct strategic and review meeting in their offices as opposed to carrying it out in hotels to avoidwastageof resources and invets saving on development of ICT capacity skills of the youth.

Cabinet Secretary for ICT Joe Mucheru said the government was expanding digital space in the country to enhance public services and creation of employment.

Mr Mucheru cited the Ajira Digital Program which he said had potential to provide employment opportunities to majority of the youth when fully explored. Mr Mucheru said there are over 40, 000 Kenyans working and earning income from on-line jobs. He noted that among the growing list of employees taking up on-line jobs are domestic workers and security personnel.

The Cabinet Secretary said the government was also intensifying efforts to have wanachi sign up with Mpost, that has potential of creating income for project 20 million customers.

He said Mpost, an innovative product by the Postal Corporation of Kenya is positioned to be a platform for e-commerce that will grow livelihood and the economy of the country.

By Cheruiyot Korir, January 11th, 2017