Kitui County Competence Based Curriculum (CBC) committee on Infrastructure Development Programme has warned contractors against shoddy projects saying those culpable will lose their contracts.
This comes hot on the heels as the education sector races against time to construct junior secondary classrooms ahead of April 2022 deadline.
So far, Kitui Central Sub-County team led by area DCC Josephine Kihara said that already 18 contractors who expressed interest have been awarded contracts to construct 31 classrooms at a cost of Sh 24.4 million spread across 31 schools in the Sub-County.
Speaking on Wednesday in Kitui after monitoring over ten schools, Kihara warned that the construction of the classrooms should not be compromised adding that the contracts are focused on stimulation of the economy from the grassroots as witnessed from the bids from local contractors.
“I am optimistic that the deliverables on the bids will be adhered to and quality of workmanship on completed works exhibited. The contract execution should be timely to ensure learners joining junior secondary are accommodated in those classrooms,” said the DCC.
The administrator noted that the government is keen on ensuring 100 percent transition to junior secondary under the proposed new curriculum.
“I appeal for total support of this noble course from all government agencies that will be tasked with responsibilities to monitor and execute the construction works. We will need the expertise of government personnel such as works, procurement, national treasury, information among others,” said Kihara.
The National Treasury has released an initial Sh 4 Billion to the Ministry of Education to commence the first phase of the Competency Based Curriculum school infrastructure development program.
The Sh4 Billion, in addition to 1.2 Billion from the Ministry of Education’s infrastructure fund, will be spent on the construction of 6,500 classrooms in 6,371 secondary schools across the country.
“The CBC infrastructure development multi-agency team will work collectively in identifying local contractors and artisans who will deliver quality workmanship at affordable prices but also monitoring the construction process,” said Kihara.
She said that the construction cost for each classroom has been pegged at Sh 788, 000 payable through M-Pesa directly to the contractors.
Mary Shano, Kitui Central Sub-County Director of Education, called on the contractors to ensure they follow the guidelines provided by the Ministry of Education in the execution of their work.
“The laid down guidelines should be followed to the latter. Any omission shall not be tolerated. We are going round the piloted schools for the CBC classrooms to ensure quality of work is achieved,” said Shano.
The CBC Infrastructure Development Programme is being implemented under the Kenya Economic Stimulus Package as directed by President Uhuru Kenyatta during his Mashujaa Day address at Wang’uru stadium on 20th October, 2021.