MPs slam Education Ministry over CBC classrooms

CBC classroom /File Photo

The Ministry of Education has been put to task to explain the faults found in the Auditor General’s report over Competency Based Curriculum (CBC) classrooms.

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of the National Assembly has questioned the expenditure of Ksh709, 398 used for the construction of each CBC classroom.

The committee, chaired by nominated Member of Parliament (MP) John Mbadi, was examining Auditor-General Nancy Gathungu’s report for the 2021/22 financial year on Thursday.

The auditor says it was not clear how the cost was arrived at, taking into account the terrain and topographic layout across the country which makes it impossible to have a standard rate.

These allegations come after MPs found fault with the Ministry of Education for spending Ksh4.5 billion for the construction of 10, 000 CBC classrooms.

The CBC classrooms were built in secondary schools and were to be used by learners joining junior secondary school (JSS) in Grade Seven.

However, the Government later issued a directive that Grade Seven students should be housed in primary schools.

Early Learning and Basic Education Principal Secretary Belio Kipsang defended the expenditure, saying, the most prudent thing was to ensure that they get classrooms for learners as they move from primary schools in Grade Six to Grade Seven in JSS.

By Thuita Jaswant

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