CBC infrastructure program kicks off in Kirinyaga

The Competence Based Curriculum (CBC) Infrastructure Development program has kicked off in Kirinyaga County Sh 149 m  being set aside by the government  for the purpose.

The million  will go into putting up 189 classrooms spread across  county  while the contractors  expected to have completed  the works  by April 2022.

Area County Commissioner Jim Njoka during a meeting over the program said Kirinyaga East has been allocated the highest number of classrooms at 52, followed by Kirinyaga Central 49,Kirinyaga West 39, Mwea East 27 and Mwea West getting  22.

He said the commencement of the  implementation of the program follows the presidential pronouncement during this year’s Mashujaa Day at the Wanguru stadium that 10,000 classrooms be put up  in readiness for Junior Secondary (CBC).

He said the infrastructure program is targeted to upscale the current infrastructure in selected secondary schools by the additional classrooms.

“A multi-agency taskforce has been put in place to coordinate the implementation of the program and ensure effective and its timely completion .” Njoka said

The role of the school administration Njoka  added will be to identify sites for classroom construction besides supporting and ensuring successful implementation by supervising the works on a daily basis.

 Commissioner said the program also encompasses the economic stimulus packaging in that all the construction work is to be undertaken by the local contractors.

“Our administrators including chiefs and their assistants have been very instrumental in the identification of the local contractors for the purse” Njoka said

He said the administrators would also be deployed to supervise the construction and ensure the work progress was  on time.

Njoka said much of the work was  under the sub county level and therefore the role of the county committee will be to oversee the sub county technical committee to make sure  the classrooms  were in place by April 2022.

“The work must be of very high quality and only contractors with registration certificates will be considered for the program ”  he stressed.

He advised the contractors who may not be registered to do so in order to benefit from the funding as it is also meant to boost the local economy.

“It takes only two days for one to get a certificate and therefore nobody should be locked out because of non-compliance,” Njoka said.

He said it is also a requirement that the contractors demonstrate capacity of up to 50% of the cost of the project, which will be paid in phases as agreed.

The official said schools with existing storeyed blocks can add to the classroom but with proper branding.

He said differently with other government programs, there is no down payment for the work and those engaged will receive their payment via Mpesa directly from the headquarters.

Njoka said out of 149 schools in county  only 20 were left out of the program the identification of schools was based on infrastructure deficit.

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