Senator Karen Nyamu Bill Proposes Mandatory Digital Training for Govt Workers

Karen Nyamu
Nominated Senator Karen Nyamu during a past Press Conference.

All Kenyans may soon be required to show their certificate of digital literacy before getting state jobs if a bill proposed by Nominated Senator Karen Nyamu sails through.

A copy of the Digital Literacy Bill, 2023, obtained by indicated that Nyamu was concerned with the amount spent by the ICT Ministry on digital training.

To save money, Nyamu wants digital training to be incorporated into the curriculum and certification offered.

"Currently, every government ministry is spending huge amounts of money in offering Digital training to their workforce in order to equip them with digital skills," read the statement in part.

Students of Multimedia University attending an ICT class
Students of Multimedia University attending an ICT class
Multimedia University

"The Bill proposes that we incorporate the digital training in our education curriculum and also make it a requirement for new entrants to public service to have basic digital certification."

She also advocated for the decentralisation of digital programmes by the formation of the Digital Literacy Committee.

The committee will consist of County Executive Committee (CECs) members in charge of ICT from counties who will be tasked with advising the CS and the National government in regard to the ICT policy.

With the changes, Nyamu noted digital literacy will be boosted in line with President William Ruto's goal of digitising his government.

So far, 5,000 government services have been digitised and over 1,000 pay bills collapsed to harness state payments to one pay bill and curb corruption.

According to the Communication Authority of Kenya, 94% of Kenyan population were covered by the 4G network by 2021 yet only 44% of urban population and 17 per cent in rural areas having access to the internet.

"The huge number of citizens lack basic digital skills yet they should be main consumers of digital government services thus risk missing the benefits of efficiency that comes with digitization," added the bill.

"The Bill proposes establishment of Community Digital Hubs in every county to facilitate digital trainings to communities. The Bill also provides that county governments come up with programs to recruit youths as Digital Literacy Cohorts to provide trainings to communities at the grassroot levels."

President William Ruto and Nominated Senator Karen Nyamu at a past event.
President William Ruto and Nominated Senator Karen Nyamu at a past event.
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