CBC Department Needs Sh100m For vehicles, Office, Equipment.
A year after its launch, the State Department of Curriculum Reform Implementation is already facing growth challenges.
When it comes to sharing various resources, the sister department, Early Learning and Basic Education has had to step up.
Fatuma Chege, Principal Secretary for Curriculum Reforms, requested that the education committee approve their budget requests.
Chege cited a lack of vehicles, office space, and equipment as reasons for his departure.
“We request the committee to consider and allocate us Sh67 million to procure six vehicles for a start,” Chege said.
She also stated that they are currently using vehicles that have been ‘donated’ by the Early Learning and Basic Education department.
The PS also stated that the department needs Sh11 million to secure an office space, which they have already identified.
The department currently lacks office space and its employees are housed by the Basic Education department.
“It is becoming increasingly difficult to accommodate all of our staff members as the number of officers posted increases,” she said.
She also requested Sh9 million for office partitioning once the location was secured.
“We currently have dead computers and printers. That limits the scope of work we can do in a given day,” she said.
To fully fund critical areas, the department requires a total of Sh486.4 million.
The department, led by Fatuma Chege, has been able to supervise textbook distribution, capacity development, and classroom-based assessment.
In addition, there is ongoing targeted infrastructure development in secondary schools as part of the economic stimulus program of Competency-Based Curriculum classrooms.
They also supervise the revision of existing legal and policy frameworks, as well as the development of new policies in accordance with departmental mandates.
President Uhuru Kenyatta established the department to oversee the implementation of the CBC.
It also aims to incorporate the recommendations of a task force whose report the President announced in February 2021.
Almost a year later, the subsector is still reliant on other departments for resource support.
The current CBC has approximately 8.1 million students, with the pioneer cohort expected to transition to junior secondary in 2023.
The government has already spent Sh8 billion on infrastructure improvements and the construction of 10,000 classrooms for junior secondary students by next year.
As part of the CBC tenets, the state also stated that more than Sh30 billion has been invested in textbooks to improve learner-to-book ratios in public schools.
CBC Department Needs Sh100m For vehicles, Office, Equipment