Schools allocated Kshs 3.9B for construction of JSS classrooms

The government has allocated Kshs 3.9 billion for construction of additional 15,021 classrooms for Junior Secondary School (JSS) by 2025 to accommodate the first grade 9 learners.

Education Cabinet Secretary, Ezekiel Machogu said to ensure readiness of the classrooms in 2025, a further Kshs 9 billion will be provided by the World Bank for construction of 9,000 classrooms and support from the National Government Constituency Development Fund (NGCDF).

The Cabinet Secretary made the remarks during the official opening of the 63rd Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) Annual Delegates Conference at the Kasarani Sports Complex, Nairobi.

Education Cabinet Secretary, Ezekiel Machogu

He said the Government is taking steps to ensure that schools have the necessary infrastructure, where teachers and learners can effectively perform in a conducive environment.

Machogu acknowledged KNUT delegates for championing teachers’ welfare to promote and protect their interests across the country, noting that it has improved the performance of learners in schools.

“We remain committed as the Government to working with you to improve both the welfare teachers and quality of Education for all in our schools,” the Cabinet Secretary said.


He said teachers are a major stakeholder in ensuring the successful implementation of CBC and other recommendations of the Presidential Working Party on Education Reform.

Machogu challenged the school administrators to advance the Government’s agenda in combating climate change with a target of 15 billion trees by 2032, where schools are among the focal points in the implementation of tree planting and seedling propagation.

On his part, KNUT Secretary General Collins Oyuu commended the government for recruiting over 56,000 Teachers in less than one year.

He urged the Ministry of Education to start negotiation with the teacher employer TSC for intern teachers to be placed under permanent and pensionable terms.

“We are a professional body, and we know how to fight for the rights of our members without going to the streets todemonstrate,” said Oyuu.

The KNUT Secretary General said the capitation for schools must be revised upwards due to the increased cost of living.

Oyuu also asked the Government to consider introducing affirmative action in the marginalized communities so that education can be managed uniformly across the country as teachers continue to shy away from arid and semi-arid areas.

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