The government will spend approximately Sh137 million to build 174 new classrooms in various secondary schools in Narok County.
Narok County Commissioner Evans Achoki said the project is in readiness for the transition from primary school to junior secondary according to the new Competence Based Curriculum (CBC).
Achoki who addressed the media after holding a county CBC infrastructure committee meeting held in his boardroom said a total of 127 schools would benefit from the project that is supposed to be complete by April 2022.
Secondary schools with a huge population will get three classrooms while those with fewer students will benefit from one classroom each.
Narok West sub county will take the lion share as 36 classrooms will be constructed in the area, others are Narok South and Trans Mara West Sub counties with 32 classrooms each, Trans Mara East will get 30 classrooms, Narok North 28 classrooms while Narok East sub county will benefit from 17 classrooms.
Commissioner Achoki said the classrooms would be constructed by the local contractors asking all contractors in the county to apply for the job in their respective Deputy County Commissioner’s offices.
“We will evaluate all the applications before awarding the contract to the qualified contractors. Those eligible to apply are sole proprietors, those in partnership business and those running limited companies,” he said.
He reiterated that those who would be involved in any corruption scandal would be immediately disqualified and arraigned in court of law.
On her part, the Narok Director of Education Ms. Jane Njogu asked school heads and the Board of Governors (BOG) to cooperate in showing the best sites to construct the classrooms.
She also asked the community to support the project by identifying and giving youth who could do the casual construction work.
“There will be a double intake to secondary schools in the year 2023, hence the community should support the government projects to make them successful,” said Ms. Njogu.
The initiative is in line with President Uhuru Kenyatta’s directive on construction of 10, 000 classrooms during this year’s Mashujaa day celebrations.
By Ann Salaton