Sh8b set aside for 10,000 more classes
The government will spend Sh8 billion towards the expansion of schools infrastructure to support delivery of basic education under the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC).
President Uhuru Kenyatta yesterday directed the Ministry of Education jointly with Interior ministry and the National Treasury to establish a framework for construction of extra 10,000 classrooms needed to bridge the existing gap in secondary schools.
Consequently, President Uhuru ordered the National Treasury to engage with Parliament on appropriation of the earmarked funds and eventually release the money to the Ministry of Education to facilitate construction of the additional classrooms in public schools across the country to create space required to accommodate nearly one million new students set to transit to junior secondary school.
He said expansion of the schools facilities was intended to facilitate the government 100 per cent transition policy.
Speaking when he led the nation in marking this year’s Mashujaa Day celebrations in Kirinyaga County, the President reaffirmed his administration’s commitment to transform the education sector, especially through the new curriculum roll out.
“As a caring government and one that appreciate the solemn duty of the State to prepare every child for their destiny, we will continue enriching the curriculum to ensure that our children sharpen their talent and maximise their opportunities,” Uhuru said.
Similarly, the President directed construction work for schools infrastructure be undertaken by local contractors within the vicinity in the institutions in order to spur the growth of local economies by providing further stimulus.
“This initiative will tap into the skilled manpower within the counties, empowering locals with enhanced economic opportunities,” he said.
Uhuru asked MPs to prioritise development of school infrastructure through reasonable allocation of their National Government Constituency Development Fund.
The President’s directive comes a few weeks after Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha announced that the ministry will avail Sh8 billion towards the improvement of infrastructure in primary and secondary schools in efforts aimed at tackling the perennial problems faced by the institutions.
Magoha said under Secondary Education Quality Improvement Project, plans were underway to roll out the multi-million shillings programme to build classrooms and laboratories in 110 sub-counties within in 30 counties this year in bid to ease the pressure on the existing facilities in secondary schools.
The directive by the President on school infrastructure expansion could come as welcome relief to many public secondary schools across the country that are coping up with a new crisis following reports of over enrollment to meet the government 100 per cent transition demands.
The learning institutions are grappling with congestion as the State moves to implement the 100 per cent transition for a consecutive third year.
Education sector players have in recent times raised concerns over congestion in secondary schools occasioned by high enrolment through the 100 per cent transition policy.