The government has disbursed Ksh.4.2 billion to beef up infrastructure in primary and secondary schools ahead of the progressive rollout out of the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC).
Speaking in Kisumu on Wednesday, Education Cabinet Secretary Prof. George Magoha dispelled fears that the government was facing hurdles in the implementation of the new curriculum, adding that the 26-member presidential task force report indicated that the rollout is the best bet towards attaining a holistic education model.
After four months on holiday, Grade Four learners and Form One students will embark on the first term of the 2022 academic year in August.
According to Prof. Magoha, the Ministry of Education has received Ksh.4.2 billion to beef up infrastructure with focus on supporting the CBC where 1.3 million learners will report to Grade 5.
“As far as Grade 5 is concerned, the books are already in schools so when we reopen on August 5, every child in Grade 5 will find a book in school and a desk to sit on,” said the CS.
Out of the Ksh.4.2 billion disbursed, Ksh.1.9 billion will go towards the purchase of desks, while the rest will be used to set up new classrooms in earmarked primary and secondary schools.
The CS further indicated that the ministry is currently compiling a list, digitally, of the expected beneficiaries, to weed out instances of misappropriation.
“For example, the desks which we were supplying at Ksh.3,500, some other people have been charging Ksh.7,000, so where does the Ksh.3,500 go? So this is a matter which is not political and we shall be ready and willing to deal,” added Prof. Magoha.
The president had in February appointed a 26 member task force which compiled a report on the implementation matrix of the CBC which will be replacing the 32-year reign of the 8-4-4 curriculum.
The Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) had in February conducted an evaluation and subsequent approval of textbooks to be used for the 14 subjects offered at primary level under the CBC program.