More schools in Busia County are set to get new Early Childhood Development Education (ECDE) classrooms to add onto 330 that have been constructed since the advent of devolution in 2013.
Chief Officer in charge of ECDE Lydia Nabwire kicked off the exercise with the handing over of sites to contractors for construction of new classrooms at Nanjomi Primary in Bunyala Central Ward, Budubusi in Bunyala North and Nandekere in Bunyala West.
She said the exercise for the 2018/2019 Financial Year (FY) is on-going in many schools across the county with 13 classrooms and 10 pit latrines under construction, adding that they are expecting to construct 12 more new classrooms in the 2019/2020 FY.
The construction is expected to take eight weeks for each project; the Chief Officer urged contractors to complete their work within the stipulated time, noting that they want to ensure no stalled projects so that they can develop other areas in the department and not stalled projects.
St. Theresa’s Budubusi will benefit from the renovation of an ECDE classroom and an administration block which had been built from small contributions by parents
The Chief Officer told the contractors to comply with the new requirements that entail branding of classrooms, fixing of lockable shelves for storage of books and children’s snacks and ceiling boards.
“The department has been experiencing incomplete projects and poor workmanship, leaving behind cracked walls and floors; we are not ready to negotiate with contractors who fail to fulfill their contractual obligations,” she said.
Ms. Nabwire thanked H.E the Governor Sospeter Ojaamong for funding our projects and Honorable Members of the County Assembly for setting aside part of their Ward Development Fund for educational projects.
She asked the department of public works, roads, transport and energy to ensure that they work together with the contractors to provide quality work because as a department that is what they are interested in.
Nabwire was accompanied by the County structural Inspector Stephen Manyore, head of ECD Daniel Osore, sub- county head of ECD Fredrick Lukiri and sub-county inspector Clement Bwire.