The government has earmarked Ksh 3.9 Billion shillings for the construction of an additional 15,021 classrooms for Junior Secondary School (JSS) by 2025, in an effort to accommodate the inaugural grade 9 learners.
Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu announced that the World Bank will contribute an additional 9 billion shillings for the construction of 9,000 classrooms to supplement the NG -CDF funding.
Speaking at the 63rd Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) Annual Delegates Conference held at the Kasarani Sports Complex, Machogu emphasized the government’s commitment to providing essential infrastructure for schools for effective teaching and learning.
CS Machogu expressed gratitude to KNUT delegates for their advocacy in championing teachers’ welfare, recognizing its positive impact on students’ academic performance.
He assured continued collaboration between the government and KNUT to enhance both the well-being of teachers and the overall quality of education in schools.
The CS further highlighted the pivotal role teachers play in implementing the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC) and other recommendations of the Presidential Working Party on Education Reform.
He challenged school heads to support the government’s climate change agenda, particularly the ambitious target of planting 15 billion trees by 2032.
KNUT secretary general Collins Oyuu commended the government for recruiting over 56,000 teachers within a year. However, he urged the Ministry of Education to initiate negotiations with the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) to secure permanent and pensionable terms for intern teachers.
Oyuu further emphasized the need to revise upwards the capitation for schools due to the escalating cost of living, stating that KNUT advocates for the rights of its members through professional channels without resorting to street demonstrations.