CBC Contractors Given Ultimatum To Complete Building Classrooms.
Kakamega County Commissioner John Ondego has directed multi-agency teams supervising classroom contraction works for Competency Based Curriculum (CBC) learners to assess all unfinished projects.
Ondego stated that some contractors were unable to complete the projects and that they would be paid for the work done so far and the same would be surrendered to those who could finish them.
Ondego stated at Maghribi hall in Kakamega town during a stakeholders and multi-agency meeting to follow up on their completion that while 94 percent of the classrooms were completed, a few contractors were facing financial challenges to deliver.
However, the County Commissioner has assured contractors who have satisfactorily completed their work that they will be paid promptly.
“Government already allocated funds and those whose work is completed as per terms and conditions of contract terms will be paid promptly since the government is fast tracking the payments,” he added.
Ondego gave the contractors three weeks to complete all work on the new 242 CBC classrooms being built in Kakamega County.
“We want to have a 100 percent completion rate to ensure students joining form one secondary schools and those transiting to junior secondary under the government policy of 100 percent transition use the classes before the start of phase two of the CBC programme,” he added.
The County Commissioner also stated that the government is improving infrastructure in 242 secondary schools in the county as part of a joint Government of Kenya and World Bank program.
He stated that more laboratories, ablution blocks, and equipment are being channeled to secondary schools through the Kenya Secondary Quality Improvement Project (SEQIP).
“As you are aware, the programme was launched by the CS Education Prof. George Magoha at Butere girls a week ago,” he added.
According to Stephen Baranko, the Western Regional Director of Education, Vihiga County was ranked first in the western region for completion of CBC classrooms, while Kakamega, Bungoma, and Busia were close to 100 percent.
Principals from all secondary schools, deputy county commissioners, Ministry of Public Works officials, and procurement officials attended the meeting.