A total of 26 classrooms are set to be constructed in Pokot South Sub-County in West Pokot after the government allocated funds for the construction of more classrooms for provision of more learning space required for new students joining junior secondary schools.
West Pokot County is yet to construct a total of 184 classrooms and officers from various ministries from Pokot South Sub-County took initiative to launch the programme at the Sub County level.
Pokot South Education Director, Charles Kitur, said the implementation of Competence-Based Curriculum (CBC) pioneer classes is provided by the government to enable local schools bridge the gap of total number of classrooms needed.
“Classrooms will be constructed in selected schools and tenders are sourced locally and this will give opportunity to local contractors,” announced Kitur.
He noted that, the committee in charge of procurement has already given out bids with the aim of awarding tenders by Friday next week and commencement of construction expected to kick-off immediately.
”We are grateful for the government’s initiative and we shall follow due process to ensure that tenders are given to certified contractors and procurement procedures will be followed to the letter,” he observed.
Selected schools will have one allotment while some will have two and these are Sina, Kapsangar and Kaptabuk secondary schools which will have one more classroom each.
Kitur expounded that the Sub County team is in a position of identifying suppliers, sole-proprietors and local contractors and he believes that they are going to get enough support from the local community. All classrooms are expected to be completed by April next year.
By 2023, CBC pioneer learners will join junior secondary schools after they will sit for Grade Six National Examinations. A massive cohort of juniors is expected to transit from primary to junior secondary schools, hence, calling for construction of more classrooms.
By Robert Kiprop