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Gov’t Commissions CBC Classrooms in Kwale

The government has commissioned two classrooms constructed under the Competence-Based Curriculum (CBC) Infrastructure Development program launched in October 2021.

The CBC Infrastructure Development Program was initiated by the government to create space for students who will be joining junior secondary schools in January 2023.

Under the new curriculum, learners will spend two years in pre-primary, six years in primary, three years in junior secondary, three years in senior secondary, and at least three years in higher education level.

Addressing the press during the commissioning of the CBC classroom in Waa Girls High School in Matuga Sub County, Kwale County Commissioner (CC) Gideon Oyagi, said the construction work in the county was on top gear.

Oyagi hailed the local contractors for the standard and sound structures they have produced and urged others to emulate them. “As you do this work you must know that we are doing it for our children and grandchildren so we must do our best,” Oyagi said.

The CC asked the school boards of management and school heads to supervise the projects so that the contractors complete their work on time.

“This project must be completed on time. We don’t want a crisis come January 2023. We should be prepared to receive and host our students who will be joining junior secondary school,” Oyagi added.

The administrator disclosed that the government will not accept shoddy work thus contractors who will not meet the government’s requirements will not be paid.

Kwale County was allocated 129 classrooms spread across 89 secondary schools in four sub counties of Matuga, Msambweni, Lunga Lunga and Kinango.

The coastal county has 24,000 learners in grade five who will be joining junior secondary schools in January 2023.

In addition, Kwale County Director of Education (CDE) Martin Cheruiyot, disclosed that the construction works of the CBC classrooms in the county are at 50 percent completion rate.

Cheruiyot added that the Ministry of Education was keen to ensure the project was completed on time.

“Some people are casting doubt about the future of this new education system but as a ministry, we are keen to ensure that everything is in place. No child will miss admission next year,” he said.

The CDE asked school boards of management and heads of schools to practice modern techniques of managing learning institutions to reduce cases of indiscipline in schools.

“Life has become very dynamic and we expect school heads to create good working relations and ensure a conducive environment for the learners and by doing so, cases of school fires and hooliganism shall be a thing of the past,” he said.

Cheruiyot asked school heads and boards of management to install Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) networks in their schools to monitor the movement and behaviors of students.

The education director also asked students to observe school rules and regulations and avoid being on the wrong side of school regulations and the law.

Cheruiyot said students who will be caught on the wrong side of the law will be treated as criminals and dealt with as such.

Last year the National Government announced that more than 10,000 classrooms would be constructed across the country at a cost of Sh8.1 billion ahead of the transition of learners from primary to junior secondary schools in the CBC shift.

By Raymond Zaka

 

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