Government directives on CBC classes
Companies awarded contracts to build new classrooms for the Competence-Based Curriculum (CBC) have until next month to complete the work.
According to Samburu County Commissioner Henry Wafula, no contractor will be permitted in schools after the deadline because students will be taking national exams.
Speaking at the Kisima Mixed Secondary School in Samburu, where he was inspecting classroom construction, he said this is because national examinations will take place after March.
He noted that during exams the government will not allow anyone who is not involved to enter schools.
The chair of the CBC Sub-County Implementation Coordination committee, Lugari Sub-County Assistant County Commissioner Evans Otieno, has promised that the government will fund the construction of classrooms in the remaining secondary schools during the second phase.
Otieno urged the contractors to ensure that quality work standards are met throughout the construction process.
“We considered competent contractors during our tendering process and I believe quality work will be delivered at the end,” Otieno said
He expressed confidence that the government is committed to ensuring that the implementation of CBC is not hampered by a lack of basic school infrastructure.
Makueni Deputy County Commissioner (DCC) Mr Joel Mwangala praised the local contractors for the excellent work they are doing, adding that the government will give preference to those who deliver quality work on time.
Meanwhile, school administrators have been urged to pay close attention to the quality of construction of Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC) classrooms in their schools.
Migori Deputy County Commissioner Mr Benson Karani stated at Kadika Girls Secondary School in Suna East Sub County that school principals should be responsible and get involved in day-to-day class constructions.
Karani stated that it was only with the participation of the principals that the contractors would build the CBC classes in accordance with the Ministry of Education specifications.
“Contractors will take advantage of your lack of concern and do dubious work to save on the materials necessary for the construction. You should therefore be concerned on what is being done during the construction to provide checks and supervision,” said Karani.
Karani, the chairperson of the Suna East CBC evaluation committee, stated that school heads should act as ground supervisors to ensure that classes are delivered on time.
He urged school principals to work with their contractors to complete their tasks as soon as possible before the March national exams so that the students could study in a safe environment.
The administrator advised the school heads to always seek clarification from the CBC evaluation committees and to work as a team to ensure the successful completion of government projects.
Mr. Wilson Amollo, Director of Education for Suna East Sub County, stated that principals would be taken through the CBC infrastructure roadmap and specifications document to ensure that they were well-informed about the projects.
He mentioned that school principals should be able to understand the CBC class specifications in order to alert public works personnel if there are any issues during construction.
Amollo stated that school administrators must be vigilant in ensuring that the class specifications are followed.
“If something goes wrong during the class construction, the principal will be the one answerable to the ministry not the contractor,” said Mr. Amollo.
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He urged principals to always seek advice from their sub-county public works personnel if they have any questions in order to ensure that things are corrected as soon as possible.