CS education Prof. George Magoha has requested that private schools expedite the construction of junior secondary school classrooms in order to comply with the implementation of the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC).
Prof Magoha, speaking at Ituuru Boys High School in Gatundu South yesterday, said that while many private schools were behind in building additional classrooms, plans to fully implement the CBC program were well underway.
“I urge private schools to invest in junior secondary schools and take them seriously.” “I’m not seeing a lot of building, and they only need to build one more classroom because they currently have two,” the CS explained.
He asked schools to expedite the process so that classrooms could be inspected.
In February, Prof Magoha said the government would approve proposals from private schools that would like to start junior secondary schools.
The CS, who toured six secondary schools in Gatundu South, cited Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisumu, Nakuru and Eldoret as areas with high concentration of private schools.
At the same time, Prof Magoha said teachers handling Grade Seven and Eight will be the first batch to undergo the CBC training. “So as to move forward towards 2023, we need to have enough teachers on the ground and it will be a continuous process with training scheduled for August and December,” the CS said
Prof Magoha said 5,000 junior secondary school classrooms had been constructed countrywide, with Northern Kenya having completed 100 per cent of the classrooms.
Nyanza stands at 97 per cent with the CS being optimistic works will be completed by the end of this week.
“We are approaching 90 per cent of the classrooms being completed in the country. We were slowed down by the examination process and now that the exams are completed, we want to marshal everybody so that we deliver the 6,497 classrooms before the end of this month in time for us to start phase two of the junior secondary classrooms by July,” noted Prof Magoha.
He said the ministry targets to complete 10,000 classrooms by end of July, as per President Mr Uhuru Kenyatta’s directive. “Whoever takes over the government after elections is also expected to construct another 10,000 classrooms which will be the balance,” added Prof Magoha.
He announced that marking of KCSE exams was ongoing, and that the results were likely to be out before schools reopen later this month.