EDUCATION STAKEHOLDERS TO DELIBERATE ON CBC AND SCHOOL UNREST

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Migori County schools are set to benefit from the new classrooms meant to cater for students that will be joining Junior Secondary Schools under the new Competency Based (CBC) Curriculum.

Speaking at Nyabisawa Girls High School in Suna West Sub County, Migori County Commissioner Mr. Meru Mwangi said that 365 classrooms meant for junior secondary will be built in 237 schools across the eight Sub Counties.He noted that the distribution of those classrooms was on need bases where schools were set to benefit from at least one classroom. 

The official said that the highest number of classrooms that a single school will get was six.Mr. Meru pointed out that setting up new infrastructure in readiness for the junior secondary students was a national economic programme meant to ensure smooth transition to the new CBC education system.

The meeting brought together various stakeholders from the Ministry of interior, procurement, finance and education. The official said that better coordination among this muilt agencies was key in delivering the infrastructure in time to ensure that students have a conducive learning environment.

He put across that the Deputy County Commissioners (DCC) in their various Sub Counties will char and coordinating on the progress of classroom infrastructure and giving out daily evidenced reporting to ensure evaluation and monitoring of the same.

Mr. Meru also said that the classrooms will be built within four months from the time the contractor acquired the contract to its completion hoping that by April 2022 all 365 classrooms will have been completed.

The 365 new classrooms will be built both at the secondary and primary schools that were identified as beneficiaries. On the issue of school insecurity and unrest, Migori County Director of Education Mr. Jacob Onyiego said that this term alone three dormitories in Nyatike, Suna West and Migori were burnt down across the county as compared to one last term.

 He also acknowledged that stakeholders in Migori were able to quickly move in to action and save a dormitory that was been planned to be burnt by students.

He also noted another school in Rongo Sub County students decided to walk out of school demanding that the principle be transferred. He said that the students might have been incited but investigation were under way.

Mr. Onyiego said that in Nyanza region Kisii and Migori Counties had the highest cases of insecurity and students unrest. The official urged the secondary school heads to read and understand the shared circular dated February this year from the Ministry of Education which talks about the safety and security of boarding schools.

In attendance, were also Migori Secondary School heads that proposed some resolution to reduce student unrest and insecurity.

 Among the resolutions, they said that students should feel that they own their institutions, a Chaplin should be introduced to instill Christian morals and having support from all stakeholders. 

They also resolved that students should be prepared well for exams and given early notice on the same, media should stop airing stories of school unrest and having entertainment sessions that were popular to students.

By LTN Reporter.