President William Ruto expressed admiration for a student who successfully earns a living online using the government’s Jitume ICT Laboratories.
During his visit to Mosop in Nandi County on Tuesday, January 16, Ruto interacted with Brian Kipchumba, a student pursuing an ICT diploma while also engaging in part-time online work.
Kipchumba proudly showcased his digital success while still in school, revealing that he had earned nearly Ksh45,500 (USD 284) since December 26 through the online platform Remotask.
Remotask is an online platform that compensates users for completing various tasks, including data entry, copywriting, and AI development.
Kipchumba explained that the platform assigns him tasks with specific deadlines for completion and submission.
Kipchumba’s revelation sparked mixed reactions, with some expressing concerns that Ruto might consider expanding Kenya’s tax regulations to include such income sources used by young Kenyans for financial support.
Some individuals claimed to be part of a select group and lamented that the student had drawn attention to them, particularly at a time when Ruto was advocating for increased taxation.
Critics argued that Kipchumba missed an opportunity to address challenges faced by students, such as the difficulty of finding jobs due to unfavorable policies and a lack of IT companies.
The group suggested that he should have highlighted broader issues like youth unemployment and the high cost of living to advocate for those earning through online platforms.
President Ruto has consistently encouraged Kenyans to embrace the Jitume labs nationwide to acquire skills and generate income.
Jitume Labs, managed by the ICT Ministry under Cabinet Secretary Eliud Owalo, aims to empower youth with relevant digital skills and create well-paying job opportunities, with beneficiaries reportedly earning up to Ksh200,000