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The project will benefit some 2,000 primary schools, 1,000 secondary schools in addition to 68 Primary schools and 7 secondary schools catering for Special Education Needs/COURTESY

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Government allocates Sh1.5bn to improve infrastructure in public schools

The project will benefit some 2,000 primary schools, 1,000 secondary schools in addition to 68 Primary schools and 7 secondary schools catering for Special Education Needs/COURTESY

NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 10 – The Government has allocated Sh1.5 billion in the 2019/20 financial year, towards improvements of infrastructure in public primary and secondary Schools.

Education Cabinet Secretary Prof. George Magoha has says the government and the World Bank will spend Sh6 billion to improve infrastructure in schools in 30 Counties in marginalized regions.

The improvement will be done under the auspices of the Secondary Education Quality Improvement Project.

The project will benefit some 2,000 primary schools, 1,000 secondary schools in addition to 68 Primary schools and 7 secondary schools catering for Special Education Needs.

Magoha made the revelations during a consultative meeting of the national and county governments on Competency-Based Curriculum at a Nairobi Hotel today.

He was flanked by the Principal Secretary for Early Learning and Basic Education, Dr. Belio Kipsang.

The participants were drawn from County executives for Education from the 47 County Governments.

Prof. Magoha underscored the strategic role of Early Childhood Development (ECD), saying it provided a strong foundation for the subsequent education of learners.

Deputy Director, USAID/Kenya and East Africa’s Office of Education and Youth Ms Jaime Oberlander said that joint efforts by the Kenya and USA governments had improved the learning outcomes of over 7 million children in grades 1, 2 and 3 in English and Kiswahili.

“To date, 26 million books have been distributed to pupils in grades 1, 2 and 3 in English and Kiswahili,” Oberlander noted.

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The official said USAID commended Kenya’s work to promote 21st century skills through the Competency Based Curriculum.

She said USAID has offered logistical and conference support for the initial mobilization of key stakeholders to participate in the curriculum review process through AHADI, USAID.

“We look forward to working together with all Kenyan stakeholders in education to help all Kenyan children learn and be able to compete in the global arena,” she said.

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