CBC Roll Out: 338 New Classrooms To Be Constructed In Siaya County
Following President Uhuru Kenyatta directives, it seems the government is leaving no stone unturned to see to it that the same 10,000 classrooms are up.
“The government is going to do whatever it takes to ensure that the field officers don’t suffer during this process, but let this not be the first impediment because this is typically Kenyan so we agree that our goal is to deliver and we shall deliver all the classrooms by April.” CS Magoha assured the nation.
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“The first phase is about 8 billion or so and then the second phase will follow. It’s a huge project.” Said Interior CS Matiangi.
Barely a week after the ministry of interior and education ministry met with the county directors to lay the foundation that will see over a million students transition to upper classes in the coming years, the frenzy has hit Siaya County.
“Let us begin preparations immediately because what will lead to our success is early preparations because this is bigger than the desks
because the desks were a slightly smaller project than this one this is a very big project and it’s going to see the deployment of a lot of resources.” CS Matiangi said.
The county director of education Nelson Sifuna says a total of 338 classrooms will be built in the county under the CBC infrastructure development programme which was announced by President Uhuru Kenyatta during the last Mashujaa Day Celebrations.
“Siaya is a beneficiary out of the 242-second schools we have. 201 are going to benefit and in the 201, the classrooms range from one to the highest six classrooms.” Said Nelson Sifuna.
This is despite the matter currently before the corridors of justice after the law society of Kenya (LSK) President Nelson Havi petitioned the courts to have the competence-based curriculum suspended.
In the suit, the petitioners cited the cost and time implications of the new education system. The stage is now set for a battle royale after education cabinet secretary professor George Magoha said they are ready for the court.
“And those of you who have children in both CBC and the other system, compare the children and tell us the truth. What is the difference… That’s why we are very passionate about this CBC because the child who is doing CBC already knows that it is pragmatic and good.” Magoha said when defending the new system.
High court judge justice Antony Marima late last month declined to stop the curriculum and opined that the court will first hear applications seeking to enjoin six interested parties before making any orders.
The parties include Kenya private schools (KPS), Kenyan Primary Schools Headteachers Associations (KEPSHA), Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT), Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET), and Kenya National Parents Associations.