Government To Set Up 10,000 Classes In Preparation Of Double Intake.
The government of Kenya will spend Sh 8 billion towards the expansion of schools infrastructure in preparation for the double intake under the competency-based curriculum (CBC). The 8 billion shillings set aside will be used to construct more than 10,000 classrooms ahead of hundred percent transitions of learners from primary schools to junior secondary schools (CBC).
President Uhuru Kenyatta directed the ministry of education work jointly with the National Treasury and Interior ministry to come up with a framework that will be used in the process of construction of the 10,000 extra classes. The shift in the Competence-Based Curriculum (CBC) will demand more infrastructural facilities.
The Head of State appealed to the Members of Parliament (MPs) to prioritize the program of setting up the 10,000 classrooms through the national government constituency development fund.
In 2023 the CBC pioneer cohort will join junior secondary schools when the last group of the old 8.4.4 curriculum will be joining form one. This calls for more than 20,000 new classrooms to be constructed in readiness for the double intake.
According to the directives given by the president the classrooms should be constructed by contractors near the schools whereby the payments should be remitted in their respective sub-counties. The budget of each class is approximately equal to Sh 810,000. The initiative will benefit the skilled manpower within the counties hence empowering the locals.
The space available for the total number of standard eight learners and grade six learners expected to join secondary is not enough. The number will be about 2,571,044.
The CBC burden will be experienced during the 2023 double intake. The following counties will witness the highest enrolment: Kakamega, Homa Bay, Nairobi, Bungoma, Nakuru, Busia, Meru, Kitui, Siaya, and Trans Nzoia against the limited number of classrooms.
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