The Government will construct 116 classrooms in Kajiado County to accommodate learners who will be transitioning to junior secondary school in 2023 under the new Competency Based Curriculum (CBC).
Each classroom will be constructed at a projected cost of Sh788, 000 inclusive of taxes.
According to Kajiado Central Deputy County Commissioner, Norbert Komora, the building of the classrooms will be locally contracted so as to stimulate the local economy within the county.
“In order to have an economic ripple effect, local contractors will be engaged in the building of the classrooms and are urged to buy the building materials from the local hardware shops so as to build the county’s economy,” says Komora.
Secondary Schools in Kajiado South will be the biggest beneficiary as they will have a total of 24 classrooms while Kajiado Central will have 20 new classrooms, Kajiado West will have 18, Isinya Sub County will have 16 while Mashuuru Sub County has only 3 classrooms.
“The number of classrooms to be built in each school depends on the student population. A populated school like Olkejuado Boys High School will have three classrooms to cater for the high number of students while Mashuuru Boys which has few students will get only one classroom.” Said Komora
A total of 71 schools will benefit from the programme as eight selected secondary schools will have 3 classrooms, 28 will have 2 classrooms while 35 schools will have one classroom each.
The local contractors have been asked to send their applications to their Deputy County Commissioner but only those who are able to complete the construction work by April 2022 will be awarded the tenders.
The Deputy County Commissioner has urged the school heads to help in the implementation of the project in partnership with the Sub County Implementation Coordination Committee.
The programme is in compliance with the Presidential Directive to the National Treasury to avail Sh8.1 billion to support the primary to junior secondary transition in the Competence Based Curriculum (CBC).
The programme is expected to end in April 2022.
By Diana Meneto