Construction of 3500 CBC Additional Classrooms Starts
The Government through the Ministry of Education has begun the second phase of the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC) classrooms to support the new curriculum.
The government is set to build 3,500 additional classrooms for the CBC across the country.
The second phase begins after the first phase was completed resulting in the construction of 6,500 classrooms.
The Government is planning to fund the construction of 10,000 classrooms by the end of the second phase which will take around three months, just like Phase One.
According to the Cabinet Secretary for Education Prof George Magoha, the contractors have been given four weeks to complete the project.
CS Magoha revealed that the government is committed to ensuring that smooth implementation of the CBC will be realized and called on the National Government Administration Officers (NGAO) and education officers to ensure that classrooms are delivered within the allocated time frame.
Private schools were expected to build an additional 4,000 classrooms. This will bring the total number of CBC classrooms to support Junior Secondary School (JSS) education to a total of 14,000.
“We are encouraging private schools to construct stand-alone junior high schools,” said Prof Magoha.
The infrastructure program is being implemented as part of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Kenya Economic Stimulus Package which will be completed on October 20, 2021.
In the new curriculum, primary schools will be up to Grade Six, Junior Secondary will have Grades 7, 8, and 9. After this, the students will also attend Grades 10, 11, and 12 before enrolling in various courses at the university level for a period of three years.
While overseeing the groundbreaking ceremony at Otieno Oyoo Secondary School, Prof George Magoha called on leaders to avoid politicizing the new curriculum in order to protect the interests of the learners.
“It is about the future of our children and we must leave politics out of this,” said CS Magoha.