By Raisa Okwaras,
Kenya Education Cabinet Secretary (CS) George Magoha insists that the new education curriculum is demystifying the notion that boarding schools in the country are better than day schools.
He highlighted this at Kariobangi North Girls’ High School last week during the commissioning of the newly built classes for the junior secondary school classes as per the Competency-based Curriculum (CBC).
According to CS Magoha, the new level of education in the country will focus on improving the standards of day schools and not boarding ones. He stated that there will only be three streams for the junior secondary school to encourage parents to admit their children to day schools.
The Education CS also added that the government of Kenya is building junior secondary school classrooms in every school to promote equality, fairness, and accessibility. He urged the constructors to finish up the work on time for admissions to commence.
“We are spending sh.788,000 for the junior high classrooms which are supposed to take three to four weeks to complete. Secondary Quality Improvement SEQIP ones cost sh.1.26 million,” he said.
CS Magoha expressed his dissatisfaction with the pace at which contractors are constructing the SEQIP units. It is apparent that even one unit is yet to be completed even after their construction began eight weeks before the ones for junior high.
He warned contractors taking advantage of the political times to fail to deliver, stating that it will not happen under his watch. He urged them to not make CBC-the new education curriculum look like a hoax.
So far, only fifty out of three thousand five hundred classrooms are ready for commissioning. He has already commissioned ten of them and is set to commission more starting next week. The CS also added that he will not award registrations to schools without a lab since a standard one costs below ksh.1.5 million. Besides, primary schools could cut costs by converting one of their empty classrooms into a lab.
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