Computer Science and Information Technology Vol. 10(3), pp. 30 - 35
DOI: 10.13189/csit.2022.100302
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Covid-19 Pandemic as an Accelerator toward Attainment of ICT Policy-Kenya Vision 2030


Samuel W Lusweti *, Collins O Odoyo
Department of Information Technology, School of Computing and Informatics, Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology, Kenya

ABSTRACT

Covid-19 pandemic struck the world at the time nobody was really prepared for such a deadly disease. At the onset, everybody was uncertain of what needed to be done in order to stop the highly spreading virus. The World Health Organization (WHO) advised countries to implement containment measures to curb the spread of the disease. Some of these measures included the restriction to movement of people and asking people to work from home. Working from home became the new norm especially in Sub-Saharan Africa. The only way people would work from home was through the use of ICT infrastructure as an enabling technology. In this paper, we evaluated the role of ICT in Kenya and how it has been adopted before and during the period of the pandemic. It was found that before corona virus disease, the ICT policy that was promulgated by the government in 2006 and revised in 2019 faced a lot of challenges during its implementation. These challenges included inadequate E-learning resources, inadequate finances and slow e-commerce uptake. During Covid-19, it was found that some of the objectives of the ICT-Policy were more implemented than before. For instance, there was an enhancement in ICT innovation through local manufacture of ventilators, an improvement in TV broadcasting, enhanced e-commerce adoption, and the availability of affordable internet services. It was consequently found that Kenya is ready to adopt the policy without any challenges provided that all stake-holders play their role as mandated by the ICT policy of 2019.

KEYWORDS
ICT-Policy, Covid-19, Internet, E-learning

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(a). IEEE Format:
[1] Samuel W Lusweti , Collins O Odoyo , "Covid-19 Pandemic as an Accelerator toward Attainment of ICT Policy-Kenya Vision 2030," Computer Science and Information Technology, Vol. 10, No. 3, pp. 30 - 35, 2022. DOI: 10.13189/csit.2022.100302.

(b). APA Format:
Samuel W Lusweti , Collins O Odoyo (2022). Covid-19 Pandemic as an Accelerator toward Attainment of ICT Policy-Kenya Vision 2030. Computer Science and Information Technology, 10(3), 30 - 35. DOI: 10.13189/csit.2022.100302.