Contractors incharge of the construction of the Competence Based Curriculum (CBC) are concerned over delayed payment after building 10,000 classrooms.
The government owes the contractors more than Sh7.8 billion that was supposed to be paid in earlier May but Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha had confirmed that they would be paid by the new government.
The Ministry of Education had yesterday assured the contractors that their issue was being dealt with as Education Principal Secretary Julius Jwan attributed the delay of payments to the transition of the new administration from the old.
“The payments have been delayed because of the logistics of political transition but we are engaging the Treasury to ensure that they are paid as soon as possible. We plead with them to be a bit patient as we get this sorted out,” Jwan said.
He assured the contractors that the government is well aware of the situation and is making sure that their payments are effected soon.
The government’s goal was to construct at least 10,000 classrooms by the end of last month to facilitate the more than 1.5 million Grade Six learners who are expected to join Junior Secondary Schools from next year and those in Standard eight expected to join form one.
This initiative was to prevent congestion in the current existing schools.
President William Ruto had previously announced plans to form an Education Reform Taskforce that will facilitate public participation in order to streamline key issues in the implementation of CBC.