Early Learning and Basic Education Principal Secretary (PS), Dr Julius Jwan, has underscored the importance of allocating more resources to Day and Sub-county secondary schools.
Dr Jwan noted that such cadre of schools are handling up to 75 per cent of secondary schools learners thus more resources need to be pumped therein.
“It is in our interest to empower the same schools to have enough infrastructure and as you have seen with the way we are implementing the Competency Based Curriculum (CBC), we don’t discriminate on the big and small schools,” added the PS.
He added that the focus was to make sure that the Day schools that take up to larger number of students are well endowed, so that learners get what they deserve in any other school.
The PS made the remarks, yesterday, at Simotwet Mixed Day Secondary School in Eldama Ravine, Baringo County, during the commissioning of a new CBC classroom.
Commending the school for setting the standards high, Dr. Jwan said such schools should be equipped as it was handling the lion’s share of the Kenya’s secondary school going students.
“We are very happy that incidentally this is the first CBC classroom to be completed in Baringo County,” he said.
Dr Jwan expressed Government’s appreciation to the Project Oversight Committee led by the Deputy County Commissioner (DCC), Assistant County Commissioner, Education Officers and the leadership of the school.
He went on to address the issue of insecurity in other Sub-counties in Baringo that include Marigat, assuring that the issue is being addressed by the security docket and will be dealt with accordingly.
The PS stated that the exam is set to start as scheduled and the CBC is going on as planned.
He added that the CBC is a conceptual framework of teaching and learning, and he expressed optimism that come next year the CBC will be able to be rolled out to the next level.
Dr. Jwan went on to say that about 72 to 75 per cent of learners are enrolled in Day Schools, therefore, it is imperative to empower schools to have enough impartial infrastructure development in the CBC project. Adding that Day Schools have been given the same attention as the other popular ‘big’ schools.
He said that the focus is to make sure that the Day Schools that take up to 75 per cent are well endowed as well.
The PS also added that the Education Ministry welcomes efforts made through the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) and any other agencies that are ready to support learning in the small schools.
Dr Julius congratulated the students of Simotwet Secondary School for not engaging in unruly behaviours such arsons witnessed in the schools lately.
He encouraged the candidates sitting for the national exams, asking them to face the examinations with confidence as they have been taught and prepared.
By Sharon Charagu and Christopher Kiprop