Education Cabinet Secretary Prof George Magoha on Sunday, July 31, pleaded with the next government to allow him more time to complete the construction of Competency-Based Curriculum classrooms.
“We intend to complete most classrooms by election time, should there be a small balance, since am not a politician, and you can judge me on that, only God knows who will be the president, I don't know and whoever comes in will be my commander in chief.
I hope that before that person comes in he should allow me to finish the remaining classrooms,”
He further claimed that he stands guided if he is allowed to ensure that the classrooms are completed until the new government is formed
“I stand guided if am allowed to continue I shall continue to ensure that the classrooms are completed, if am guided to go and rest, then I will obey the command and go to rest because I work at someone's command,”
In phase two, 3500 classrooms are expected to be constructed after 6500 classrooms were built in phase one, but currently, 500 classrooms have been constructed in phase two.
The CS also lauded the contractors for doing their best to construct the classrooms in a span of three weeks. He noted that most of the classrooms are almost complete apart from a few that are located in Western and Nyanza regions.
The latest figures from the Ministry of Education show that 2.57 million students will be enrolled for Grade 7 and Form 1 during the double intake in January.
There are more than 1.2 million learners who are currently in Grade 6 and will join Junior secondary next year and the government is racing against time to put in place the right infrastructure to allow a seamless transition.
The CS assured the teachers that the government is committed to ensuring that the classes are ready before the end of the year as pioneer Junior Secondary school begins in January 2023.
However, Kenya Kwanza flag-bearer William Ruto has expressed concerns about the CBC noting that the curriculum needs to be reviewed to accommodate concerns from parents, teachers, and education stakeholders.
A section of leaders allied to the Kenya Kwanza coalition have been critical of the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC) issuing threats that Ruto's administration may abolish the new curriculum and revert to 8-4-4, which is being phased out.