The Kenyan government has already spent Sh3.3 billion on infrastructure projects for CBC classrooms across the Rift Valley region. This serves to prepare for the transition from Realschule to Gymnasium in January 2023.
Jared Obiero, the Rift Valley region’s director of education, claimed the government plans to build 2,715 CBC classrooms in the vast area in two phases.
Obiero was pleased that the 1,735 classrooms built in the first phase of the CBC infrastructure project have already been completed and handed over to the management of the respective schools.
The progress of the second phase of the project
The second phase of the project, which envisages the construction of 980 classrooms, is currently underway, according to the director of education, of which 238 have already been completed and handed over to the schools concerned.
However, he pointed out that the construction of two classrooms in the Muchongoi area of Marigat, Baringo County has not yet started, but he assured us that plans for construction are underway before the end of the year.
While acknowledging the progress of the CBC infrastructure project, the director said the contractors were working around the clock to ensure work was completed on time. This is in preparation to ease the transition from sixth grade students to junior secondary levels next year.
According to Obiero, they hope to have all CBC classrooms operational before the end of the current academic year.
As a result, Obiero commended the commitment of contractors and Department of Education officials to ensuring the project was completed on time and advised parents to continue supporting government efforts to make the CBC curriculum a success.
To replace the 8-4-4 education system, the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) conducted research and developed the Competency Based Curriculum (CBC).
The 2-6-3-3-3 formation cycle that makes up the system was developed in 2017.
Why was the CBC infrastructure project brought?
To ensure a smooth transition, the system required more classrooms, which is why the CBC infrastructure project was developed. The government ordered that only local contractors would be allowed to win bids to build classrooms, to ensure the community benefited from the change.
According to the instructions for the program, the cost of building a single classroom in all districts would be set at Sh788,000. County and sub-state committees were tasked with overseeing the development of schools’ infrastructure.
In addition, the heads of the committees were responsible for overseeing that contractors were meeting standards and quality. As the local craftsmen continue their construction work, they are expected to submit daily reports.
10,000 CBC classrooms in Kenya to be built by the end of 2022
Education Cabinet (CS) Secretary Prof George Magoha recently announced that a total of 10,000 Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC) classrooms will be built in Kenya by the end of 2022, to be filled by Junior Secondary School students in January 2023.
Magoha made the announcement while speaking after breaking ground on the construction of two classrooms at Mombasa Secondary School for the physically challenged and overseeing the construction of a new, state-of-the-art Mama Ngina Girls National Secondary School in Shanzu, Nyali Sub District .
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He said all local contractors who received CBC classroom tenders have already started work, with the first phase of 5200 classrooms expected to be ready by April 2022. In some regions where work has not yet started, CS has directed designated national government officials to implement the project in order to get the process underway without further undue delay.
Fund allocation for the construction of the CBC classrooms in Kenya
President Uhuru Kenyatta earlier ordered the treasury to allocate nearly $71 million to the Department of Education to build 10,000 classrooms in secondary schools across the country. This was followed by the allocation of approximately US$292,000 to construct 42 new classrooms in Garissa and US$362,000 to construct 52 classrooms in Bureti Subdistrict, Kericho.
The project, which will benefit 26 and 52 secondary schools in Garissa and Kericho respectively, will be implemented in two phases within 3 months. In the first phase, a total of 26 classrooms will be delivered in Garissa and 34 in Kericho, while the rest will be delivered in the second phase.
The entire project to build 10,000 CBC classrooms in Kenya is being managed by a multi-agency team that includes the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Home Affairs and the National Government Coordinating Body, among other government agencies.
10,000 CBC classrooms in Kenya to be built by the end of 2022
The Ministry of Education is pleased with the progress made in developing CBC classrooms with competency-based curriculum in Kenya for upper secondary students, particularly in various secondary schools in Voi sub-district.
Mr. Okwatsa Newton, the Voi Subdistrict Education Director and a member of the CBC Infrastructure Implementation Committee, stated during an inspection visit to follow the construction of the classrooms to house the upper secondary students in January 2023 that all the construction work was now up to 55 % closed.
“The construction of five out of a total of 18 classrooms in Voi sub-district has already been completed and is ready for use, while the rest of the classrooms are making good progress,” Mr Okwatsa said, adding that the remaining classrooms will be ready before exams begin.
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Mr. Okwatsa commended the committee for its contribution to the project to build CBC classrooms in Kenya
Mr. Okwatsa commended the CBC Infrastructure Implementation Committee for serving as an advisory body on various issues, particularly those not previously addressed during construction.
There were initially difficulties at three schools where construction had not yet started. The Committee’s interventions have had positive consequences. He commended the local contractors for meeting the schedule and expressed confidence in their ability to complete the projects on time.