Ksh 7.5B textbooks project to continue, despite errors

Written By: Margaret Kalekye/George Kithuka

The new education CS said some hiccups were expected in the pilot programme.

The government has vowed that the school textbooks program will not be halted regardless of the alleged errors reported in some books.

Education Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohammed says the government has invested heavily in education reforms and as such, there is no turning back.

The latest hitch comes less than three months into the first term after the government spent Ksh 7.5 billion to have the textbooks printed.

Errors had been identified in Kiswahili, English, Physics, Mathematics and Biology textbooks and some teachers have stopped using them.

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Teachers have demanded the withdrawal of textbooks provided by the government to students in secondary schools over errors and misleading facts.

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Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (Kuppet) and Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) said the errors must be corrected before students can continue using the books.

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Principal Secretary Dr. Belio Kipsang who accompanied the CS in the launch of national dialogue on education quality forum at the Maasai Mara University, urged teachers to accept changes in the education sector and embrace a mindset change to realize intended results.

However, Narok KUPPET General Secretary Charles Ng’eno says teachers were not opposed to reforms but would want to be involved in some processes like textbooks approval to avoid grave errors.

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The Ministry of Education Wednesday admitted that the 33 million books procured by the Government for the new syllabus have multiple errors.

Speaking to the media at the Meru University of Science and Technology, Amina Mohamed said the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD] was addressing the issue.

The new education CS said some hiccups were expected in the pilot programme.


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