Treasury releases Ksh.8.B to facilitate construction of 10,000 CBC program classrooms, CS Magoha says
The government has released Ksh 8 billion to the Ministry of Education through Treasury to assist in the construction of 10,000 classes in secondary schools to ease the transition to the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC) program.
Education CS George Magoha said in a statement that the money was released by the Treasury following a directive from President Uhuru Kenyatta.
The program will be undertaken in two parts, the first of which will be funded with Ksh 4 billion to help the CBC develop.
"The National Treasury has accordingly availed an initial KSh 4 Billion to the Ministry of Education to commence the first phase of the CBC school infrastructure development programme," the statement read.
"The KSh4 Billion, in addition to KSh 1.2 Billion from the Ministry of Education’s infrastructure fund, will be spent on the construction of 6,500 classrooms in 6,371 secondary schools across the country," it further read.
The programme seeks to address the classroom deficit in the public secondary schools to allow for a smooth transition of CBC Grade 6 learners to Junior Secondary in January 2023.
Magoha also stated that a multi-agency team comprising the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Interior and the Coordination of National Government and other State Agencies has already developed a roadmap of the implementation of the project.
"The CBC Infrastructure Development Programme is being implemented under the Kenya economic stimulus package, using local contractors within the vicinity of the secondary schools to tap local skills and enhance economic opportunities.
Contractors had, by November 12, 2021, been registered with the Deputy County Commissioners of the respective sub-counties at no cost," he said.
Magoha also urged full support from all involved parties and stakeholders adding that the programme will help to give proper accommodation to the CBC Grade 6 learners as they enter Junior Secondary School
"I wish to assure the country that through this Programme, the Government is on course to progressively expand the capacities of all our secondary schools to support the 100% transition policy and accommodate more learners in 2023 when the CBC Grade 6 candidates of 2022 will transit to Junior Secondary School," Magoha said.
"I urge all stakeholders, including elected leaders, parents, teachers and philanthropists to continue supporting the Government in its commitment to expand the infrastructure in our schools," he added.
Following the completion of the registration exercise, the sub county implementation committees are expected to issue a notification to local contractors to bid for the construction of the classrooms in schools in their respective sub-counties as from 22nd November 2021.