Form 1 students to receive textbooks for core subjects

Written By: Beth Nyaga
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Form 1 students to receive textbooks for core subjects
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Each Form One student reporting to any secondary school will be issued with six textbooks in core subjects.

The subjects covered are mathematics, English, Kiswahili, chemistry, physics and biology.

This initiative is in line with the government’s plan to enhance access to quality education and ensure 100 per cent transition takes of smoothly.

The government has spent Ksh 7.5 billion on the new direct-school textbook supply programme.

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First batch of form one students are expected to report to school on Tuesday while the last batch will be expected in school before 12th of February 2018 failure to which they will automatically lose their slots.

According to Acting Education CS Dr. Fred Matiangi, all pupils who scored over 400 marks have been given vacancies in National Schools, while 63% of Form One students will join County Schools. But after the deadline of 12th January, several National Boarding Schools will start the process of selecting students who will join their day scholar wing.

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Kenya High School, Starehe Boys Centre, Moi Forces Academy, Nairobi School, Lenana School, Pangani Girls High School and Moi Girls Secondary School in Nairobi are among the National Schools that have been marked for opening up day scholars’ wing.

Others are Ngara Girls Secondary School, Buruburu Girls High School, Embakasi Girls, Arya Parklands, Nembu Girls High School, Dagoretti High School, Lang’ata Secondary School, Upper Hill, St George’s Girls, State House Girls, Hospital Hill and Ofafa Jericho High School.

The move is aimed at boosting capacity and delinking admission to bed space under the free secondary education plan that is expected to increase Form One enrolment to above one million students.

Meanwhile, the curriculum 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.

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The Competency Based Curriculum (CBC) materials are being distributed by the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (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,” KICD director Julius Jwan said yesterday in Nairobi.

This is taking place to enhance the roll out 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,” Dr Jwan said.

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

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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 both 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 Prof Douglas Odhiambo in 2012.

The report recommended the aligning the education system with vision 2030 and the new constitution and the adoption of the competency-based curriculum.

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