Vihiga county has been allocated Sh. 192, 816,000 for the construction of 218 classrooms in 137 schools under school infrastructure expansion programme announced by the president Uhuru Kenyatta last month.
The County Commissioner (CC) Ochillo Oyugi has called on the Sub County Project Implementation Coordination Committees (SCPICC) to ensure that the classrooms are constructed within the set timelines.
“The contractors are expected to complete the works in two months starting December 2021 and so the tender committees should award the tenders to competent and qualified people,” he advised.
Oyugi who spoke during the county Competence Based Curriculum (CBC) classroom construction sensitization meeting at Mbale high school Thursday, warned contractors against doing shoddy work.
The County Director of Education (CDE) Hellen Nyang’au disclosed that Chavakali national and Keveye girls’ school were allocated five classrooms, Friends Kaimosi and Bunyore girls 4, while the others would be added one or two classes.
Nyanga’u directed the Sub County Education Officers (SCEO) to ensure the SPICC are constituted on the 5th of November 2021 so as to be able to deliver within the stipulated time frame.
“This is an Economic Stimulus Programme (ESP) targeting the locals and therefore the tenders should be awarded to the residents and outsourcing to be done only after none of the locals has qualified,” she said.
In his speech during the commemoration of Mashujaa day at Wang’uru stadium in Kirinyaga county on the 20th October, the president said Sh. 8 billion would be used to construct 10,000 additional classrooms to accommodate the increasing number of form one students occasioned by 100 per cent transition to secondary school.