Local contractors who are undertaking construction of phase 2 of the CBC classrooms in Naivasha have been urged to fast-track their work in readiness for learners transitioning to junior secondary.
The calls come after the successful completion and handover of 25 classrooms to schools’ administrators that were built in the first phase at a cost of Sh19.7 million.
The Government through the Education Ministry has released Sh26.8 million for additional 34 classrooms in the second phase of the project bringing the total cost of all classrooms to Sh46.5 million.
Speaking during a CBC multi-agency meeting with local contractors, Naivasha Deputy County Commissioner Mutua Kisilu urged them to expedite the construction works while ensuring quality thresholds set by the Ministry are adhered to.
The DCC said the multi-agency drawn from the Ministry of Education, Interior, Public Works and NEMA officials would work closely with respective schools’ board of management to ensure seamless implementation of the programme.
Kisilu said the team has contracted successful local contractors to undertake the works at a cost of Sh788, 000 per class adding that the government is consulting widely to address contactors’ concerns on rising cost of building materials.
Naivasha Sub-County Education Officer Nancy Mutai tasked the contractors to move with speed and ensure that the classes are ready ahead of the junior secondary school intake early next year.
The government directive to use local contractors in the project seeks to empower and build their capacity while enhancing economic growth at the grassroots level.
The Competency Based Curriculum [CBC] which is being championed as a key ingredient in enhancing students’ capacities and competences is set to replace the 8.4.4 system that has existed since 1985.
To ensure a seamless transition for learners, the Education Ministry has been implementing in phases the CBC curriculum starting with Early Years Education, Pre-Primary, Grades one to six with the roll out set to continue gradually to tertiary education (Grade 12).
The government has also been undertaking training for teachers and education officers to enhance their capacities and enable them to nurture in students a more skills-based training.