By Norah Musega

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Bungoma County seriously lags behind in the government’s programme to construct Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC) classrooms across the country as the second phase kicks off.

Consequently, Education Cabinet Secretary Prof. George Magoha is set to camp in the county to personally supervise the construction of the classes with barely six months remaining before junior secondary is rolled out.

The government is racing against time to have the necessary infrastructure in place before January next year.

Magoha, who said the ministry was keen on ensuring all necessary materials for the rollout of junior secondary education are ready, pledged that Phase 1 will be 100 per cent complete by end of next week.

Speaking at Kodero Bara Boys High School in Rongo Constituency of Migori County, the CS praised the school as having given them a reason to be handed three CBC classrooms.

He however regretted that Bungoma had not completed the projects with 24 classrooms behind schedule after only two sub-counties attained the 100 per cent completion.

“Plans are underway for the Ministry of Education to sign contracts for the second phase of 3,500 classrooms, yet we still have schools stuck in Phase 1,” he noted.

He warned politicians against politicizing the education projects for their own selfish gains, saying he is in office to serve the children and not politicians.

“We have registered 1.28 Grade 6 candidates and 16,000 classrooms will be completed by January,” he said, warning pessimists who prophesied doom to stop their weird campaigns.

He said the fruits of his reform agenda will soon be noticed.

He disputed complaints by school heads over funding, saying the government had released capitation to provide for every child in public school.

Magoha also recommended investigations into all degrees in the country, noting that it had become a common problem as some Kenyans claimed to have attained degrees within shorter periods than the norm.

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