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Stolen Jubilee School Tablets Being Sold Cheaply in Uganda

Jubilee government’s digital literacy programme personal tablet that they promised every Standard One pupil in public schools across the country have found their way into the Ugandan market.

The revelations have been made by a hawk-eyed Kenyan who shared a Facebook page of a seller advertising the tablets which are retailing for Sh4,000 (UGX 150,000). The seller, who ran an advertising page on Facebook, said he was based in Kampala.

Evening News has also established that the tablets are also being sold by another trader for as low as Sh3,700. This price was by one buyer who was introducing other customers to his supplier.

In 2014, the government launched the digital literacy program and promised that 23,951 public primary schools in Kenya would receive a total of 1.2 million learner digital devices.

In 2015, the government said that a total of Sh17 billion will be spent to buy 1.2 million laptops for Standard One pupils after the salvaged procurement was launched by the ICT Authority.

During the rollout of the digital literacy programme in May 2016, the policy shifted from laptops to tablets due to cost implications.

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