Government to Build Over 800 School Labs by February.
By February 2023, high schools in 135 sub-counties will have new science labs.
The Ministry of Education and the World Bank will work together to pay for the building.
Jane Mbugua, the national coordinator for the Secondary Education Quality Improvement Project (SEQIP), said that the goal of the intervention is to help students learn more about science.
She was in Kakamega as part of a technical mission to check on the progress and quality of the building work.
Members of the Mission went to the counties of Bomet, Narok, Bungoma, and Kakamega to find out how the school infrastructure improvements were going.
Some of the 30 counties in the country are in arid, semi-arid, and poor areas.
Jane Mbugua said, “Most learners experience lab situations only during examination periods hence they do not perform well in practical tests”
The labs are part of a Sh8.2 billion infrastructure project that aims to help schools in Arid and Semi-Arid Lands, informal settlements in cities, and communities that have been left behind.
In Kakamega county, six sub-counties, including Butere, Kwhisero, Likuyani, Lugari, Navakholo, and Kakamega South, will get 103 classrooms, 125 laboratories, 102 sanitation facilities for primary schools, and seven water packages for institutions for people with special needs.
Dama Services, the project’s lead design consultant, says that 45 classrooms and five water packages in Kakamega county are done and ready to be turned over. Out of the 125 laboratories that are still being built, 33 are almost done.
Director of Education for Kakamega County, Dickson Mugoya, said that the classrooms would improve the learning environment for students by making classes less crowded. The laboratories, he said, will encourage students to take science classes in line with Vision 2030.
With a progress record of 75%, Kakamega is one of the top counties in getting the project done.
Aside from building infrastructure, the project also helps with teacher training, programs to raise awareness about gender issues and promote equality, the distribution of textbooks, and professional scholarships.
Philip Chirchir, in charge of education in Bungoma County, said that the project has made it easier for students to get into secondary schools, which helps with transition and retention.
He did say, though, that the county has a lot of gender-based and sexual violence, which is why boarding schools are needed to keep young girls in school from getting pregnant or getting married too young.
The county will get 46 classrooms, 42 science labs, 94 places to clean up waste, and two water packages.
When the classrooms are done, each will have fifty desks and chairs for students and a locker and seat for the teacher.