•Meru County has achieved 100% target with 264 classrooms completed.
•Phase II construction of 4,800 classrooms will begin in April after KCSE exams.
The Ministry of Education may fail to meet its target of completing phase one construction of CBC classrooms before the start of national exams on March 7.
The deadline is a week away but Cabinet Secretary George Magoha said on Tuesday the construction of the classrooms meant to host junior secondary learners is 75 per cent complete.
The ministry targeted to complete 5,200 classrooms in the first phase of constructing 10,000 classrooms by June 2022.
This was to ensure a seamless transition of learners to junior secondary school in May.
While on a tour of the classrooms project in Murang’a County, Magoha said Meru County is the only one that has achieved 100 per cent target by completing the construction of 264 classrooms.
The CS made the revelation when he commissioned CBC classrooms at Gathinja Secondary School in Murang'a County.
During a similar tour at Kahuhia Girls High School on Monday, Magoha said classroom construction was nearing 80 per cent in Murang’a County.
“Many other counties are just about to complete, so I’m very glad that by Friday, we shall have a very different picture,” Magoha said.
With the construction at 75 per cent, this means 3,900 classrooms of the targeted 5,200 in the first phase have been completed.
This further means that some 1,300 classrooms are still at different levels of construction, seven days to the onset of national exams.
The second phase of the construction will begin in April after the completion of the KCSE exam. At least 4,800 classrooms are expected to be complete by June during this phase.
President Uhuru Kenyatta directed the ministry to complete the construction of 10,000 CBC classrooms by mid-2022 at a cost of Sh8 billion.
The new classrooms are domiciled in secondary and primary schools to ensure a seamless transition of learners right from Grade one to secondary schools.