Construction of 317 new classrooms in 307 selected secondary schools through the CBC infrastructure project is on course in Bungoma County.
County Director of Education Phillip Chirchir said the classrooms were coming up in all the 12 sub counties with selected schools getting between one and three classrooms each depending on individual needs in each school.
The Director said the classrooms were at different stages of construction and contractors have up to April 30, 2022 to facilitate smooth transition of the CBC pioneer learners who were poised to join junior secondary school after sitting the Grade 6 national examinations.
“The government has put a ceiling of Sh788, 000 per classroom for the 317 classrooms allocated to the county hence will spend Sh249, 796 000, he said.
Bungoma South Sub County with the highest number of schools will get 55 new classrooms while Bungoma Central with a total of 39 schools will get 41 new classrooms. Each of Bumula’s 38 schools will get an equal number of new classrooms while Kopsiro with the least number of schools will have 6 new classrooms constructed.
He said construction is being undertaken by qualified local contractors mostly from the locality of the benefitting schools and all would be paid their money directly through M-Pesa once they completed the project.
All enlisted contractors were expected to maintain building construction principles laid down by the Ministry of Public Works.
They have been instructed to use natural granite or approved concrete blocks for foundation walling, and avoid using machine cut blocks and also ensure they used4D12 as longitudinal bars and D8 as link rings to avoid future site demolitions.
The CDE said the Ministry would not entertain those using substandard materials or deviating from BOQs and plan and taking short cuts.
Chirchir said his office and the Ministry of Public Works were closely supervising the construction to ensure the contractors deliver quality classrooms.
He said delivery of quality classrooms would pave way for a flawless transition and smooth shift from primary to junior secondary school under the Competency Based Curriculum.
On the upcoming national KCSE examinations, Chirchir said that preparation of candidates in schools was in top gear.
He said Bungoma GK prison that always fields candidates has registered 16 candidates for the March/April exam while Bungoma adult learning center has registered 77 candidates.
Chirchir was talking to KNA in his office on Tuesday.