Teacher Training and ICT Adoption in Public Secondary Schools in Machakos County
0Introduction and Background
The world today is experiencing technological revolution in the sphere of information, communication and technology (ICT). ICT has increased speed in communication, storage, retrieval and processing of information. It has also facilitated online delivery of services in public service, training, e-government, online transaction of business and commerce or e-commerce. ICT is known to improve efficiency in all aspects of the organizations in terms of the speed of transactions, accuracy and convenience. No sector can afford to ignore such mammoth technological change because the cost to the economy and social inconvenience will be enormous. It is appreciated that significant measures have been taken to extend and modernize the ICT sector the world over. However, Kenya is far from fulfilling the IT requirements of its citizens and thus computerization is still a great challenge for many organizations. Further, whatever progress that has been made has clearly been in favor of urban areas while the rural population has remained outside the computerization revolution.
By its very nature ICT phenomenonis relatively poorly adopted in the developing world. Available data, suggest that the majority of developing countries such as Kenya in Sub-Saharan Africa are lagging behind in the information revolution. Not surprisingly, the pursuit for adoption of ICT in Educational management has been problematic and will require fundamental shifts in the regulatory environment, as well as renewed attention to public- private partnerships and social services. There is littledoubt that Sub-Saharan Africa’s populations are missing out on the boons of information and communication technology (ICT) in educational management. As a region lagging behind in adoption, use and innovation in the ICT sectors, its people are missing out on a better education and well managed education systems and entities. ICT has contributed greatly to educational management in schools worldwide.