Govt dispatches books for learners with Special Needs Education

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Education CS ?@AMB_A_Mohammed?, PS Belio Kipsang ready to flag off textbooks for Special Needs Education to schools for the Competency-Based Curriculum. The books are funded under the Global Primary Education funded PRIEDE project @KICDKenya
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The Cabinet Secretary for Education, Amb Amina Mohamed has dispatched 21,987 Early Grade Mathematics learners’ books and teachers’ guides adapted for learners with Special Needs Education (SNE) in Public Primary Schools.

The books will cater for learners with Hearing Impairment (HI), learners with Total Blindness (VI) – books transcribed to Braille, learners with Physical Impairment (PI) and learners with Low Vision (LV).

Amb Amina said this during the 2018/2019 Textbook Distribution to Public Schools in Nairobi Wednesday.

She was flanked by the Principal Secretary for Early Learning and Basic Education, Dr. Belio Kipsang and the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Education, Dr. Chris Langat.

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The Cabinet Secretary said the books are adapted for Grade 1 and 2 and are fully compliant with the CBC.

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She said the books will be distributed to public primary schools for learners with special needs in the country.

At the same time, Amb Amina announced that 18,552,296 text books for Mathematics, English, Kiswahili, Biology, Chemistry and Physics for Form 1 to Form 4 were contracted for distribution from January 2019 to March 2019.

She said the distribution process is currently ongoing.

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The Cabinet Secretary said the books were in addition to 14,429,224 textbooks for social sciences and elective subjects the government distributed to schools in from October 2018 to January 2019 this year.

Amb Amina said the Ministry of Education will maintain the direct-to-school textbook supply as it has proven to be the best way to achieve the desired teaching and learning objectives for learners in public schools.

She said the direct-to-school textbook supply had the made the government to save  more than KShs.5 Billion annually through the efficient and effective use of resources to achieve desired results.

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“Procurement of these materials will be carried out in a transparent and efficient way to guarantee greater satisfaction among stakeholders,” she noted.

Amb Amina said the Ministry will, periodically deploy a watertight monitoring and evaluation system to hamornise the textbook supply process with the National Education Management Information System (NEMIS) that is currently in use to allocate resources to learners.

“Any disparities in terms of shortage or oversupply of textbooks caused by learner transfers or attrition will be addressed immediately by the Ministry’s field officers and aligned with National Education Management Information System (NEMIS),” she said.

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