8 January 2018

Kenya: Textbooks Distribution to Secondary Schools Ends Monday

Nairobi — The government says the distribution of textbooks to all secondary schools in readiness for the entry of Form 1 students is set to be completed by Monday.

According to Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) Director Julius Jwan, "this is in line with the government's plan to enhance access to quality education and ensure 100 per cent transition takes of smoothly."

Each Form 1 student reporting to any secondary school will be issued with six text books in core subjects of mathematics, English, Kiswahili, Chemistry, Physics and Biology.

The government has spent Sh7.5 billion on the new direct-school textbook supply programme.

In the meantime, the support materials including the curriculum designs, textbooks and teacher guides for the new curriculum will be made available to all schools by end of this week.

The Competency Based Curriculum (CBC) materials are being distributed by KICD and contracted publishers.

"We will monitor the distribution of the books and offer teacher support, and evaluate the effectiveness of the curriculum and support materials," Jwan said.

This is taking place to enhance the rollout of the second phase of the pilot on the new curriculum will be running in all schools in the country from pre-primary one to grade two and at grade three level in 235 schools that were piloted in 2017.

"The curriculum reform is progressive and schools will continue receiving teaching and learning materials as the process unfolds," he stated.

During the second phase of the pilot, the Teacher Service Commission (TSC) will continuously prepare teachers for Grade 1 to Grade 4 while the county governments will organise training for pre-primary school teachers.

On the other hand the Kenya National Examination Council will develop a competency-based assessment framework that will inform the formative and summative evaluation of the curriculum.

The roll out of the curriculum began in June 2017 when the first phase of pilot was launched in 10 schools in each of the 47 counties. The schools included booth public and private and special needs institutions.

The education reforms started way back in 2016 with needs assessment survey, which recommended the need for curriculum review.

This reinforced the recommendation of a taskforce headed by Douglas Odhiambo in 2012.


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