The Kenyan government has already spent 3.3 billion shillings on CBC classroom infrastructure projects across the Rift Valley region. This is in preparation for the transition from middle school to high school in January 2023.
Jared Obiero, director of education for the Rift Valley region, said the government plans to build 2,715 CBC classrooms in the huge area in two phases.
Obiero said he was delighted that the 1,735 classrooms built in the first stage of the CBC infrastructure project have already been completed and handed over to the management of the respective schools.
Progress of the second phase of the project
The second phase of the project, which calls for the construction of 980 classrooms, is currently underway, according to the director of education, with 238 of them already completed and handed over to the schools concerned.
However, he pointed out that the construction of two classrooms in the Muchongoi neighborhood of Marigat, Baringo County, had not yet started, but he assured us that plans were underway to do so before the end. of the year.
While acknowledging the progress of CBC’s infrastructure project, the director said contractors were working around the clock to ensure the work was completed on time. This is in preparation to ease next year’s transition of sixth-graders to junior high school.
Before the end of the current school year, according to Obiero, they hope to have all CBC classrooms up and running.
As a result, Obiero commended the commitment shown by contractors and Ministry of Education officials to ensure the project was completed on time and advised parents to continue to support the government’s efforts to make pass the CBC program.
To replace the 8-4-4 education system, the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) conducted research and developed the Competency Based Curriculum (CBC).
The 2-6-3-3-3 teaching cycle that makes up the system was developed in 2017.
Why was the Radio-Canada infrastructure project presented?
To ensure a smooth transition, the system needed more classrooms, so the CBC infrastructure project was developed. The government has ordered that only local contractors be allowed to win tenders for building classrooms to ensure the community benefits from the change.
According to the program guidelines, the cost of building a single classroom would be set at Sh788,000 in all counties. County and sub-county committees were assigned to oversee the development of school infrastructure.
In addition, committee heads were responsible for ensuring that contractors maintained standards and quality. As local artisans continue their construction work, they must submit daily reports.
10,000 CBC classrooms in Kenya to be built by end of 2022
The Cabinet Secretary for Education (CS), Professor George Magoha recently announced that a total of 10,000 Competency Based Curriculum (CBC) classrooms in Kenya will be constructed by the end of 2022 to be occupied by learners in lower secondary schools in January 2023.
Magoha made the announcement while speaking after inaugurating the construction of two classrooms at the Mombasa Secondary School for the Physically Handicapped and inspecting the construction of a new state-of-the-art Mama Ngina Girls National Secondary School in Shanzu, Nyali Sub County. .
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He said all local contractors who won tenders for CBC classrooms have already started work, with the first phase of 5,200 classrooms expected to be ready by April 2022. In a few areas where work has not have not yet started, the SC ordered the national government officials mandated to implement the project to start the process without further delay.
Allocation of funds for the construction of CBC classrooms in Kenya
President Uhuru Kenyatta had earlier directed the National Treasury to make available to the Ministry of Education nearly US$71 million for the construction of 10,000 classrooms in secondary schools in all counties of the country. This was followed by the allocation of approximately US$292,000 for the construction of 42 new classrooms in Garissa and US$362,000 for the construction of 52 classrooms in Bureti sub-county, Kericho.
The project, which will benefit 26 and 52 secondary schools in Garissa and Kericho respectively, will be implemented in two phases over a period of 3 months. In the first phase, a total of 26 classrooms will be delivered in Garissa and 34 in Kericho, while the rest will be delivered in the second phase.
The entire project to build 10,000 CBC classrooms in Kenya is being led by a multi-agency team comprising the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Home Affairs and National Government Coordinating among other government agencies. State.
10,000 CBC classrooms in Kenya to be constructed by end of 2022
The Ministry of Education is pleased with the progress made in developing competency-based CBC classrooms in Kenya for junior secondary students, especially in various secondary schools in Voi sub-county.
Speaking during an inspection visit to monitor the construction of classrooms that will accommodate junior high school students in January 2023, Mr. Okwatsa Newton, Voi Sub-County Director of Education and Member of CBC’s Infrastructure Implementation Committee, said that all construction work is now 55% complete.
“The construction of five classrooms out of a total of 18 in Voi sub-county is already completed and ready for use, while the others are progressing well,” Mr. Okwatsa said, adding that the remaining classrooms will be ready before the start of the exams. .
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Mr. Okwatsa commends the Committee for its contribution to the CBC classroom construction project in Kenya
Mr. Okwatsa commended CBC’s Infrastructure Implementation Committee for its role as an advisory body on various concerns, especially those that had not been considered during construction.
He said that initially there were difficulties in three schools where construction had not yet started. The Committee’s interventions have had beneficial effects. He praised local contractors for meeting deadlines while expressing confidence in their ability to complete projects on time.