Government to distribute 24 million textbooks to primary schools

Written By: Claire Wanja
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KLB Managing Director, Victor Lomaria distributes new Competency Based Curriculum books to pupils of Kieleeleni Primary School in Kiteta Zone
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The government will distribute, by March, total of 24 million textbooks into public primary schools to cater for grade one to three which are aligned to the Competency based Curriculum (CBC), the Principal Secretary for Early Learning and Basic Education, Dr. Belio Kipsang has said.

He said the government has distributed a total of 12.5 Million Early Grade Literacy and numeracy textbooks for English, Kiswahili and Mathematics for the three grades.

He said 10 million additional books to be distributed by March will be on Environmental Activities, Hygiene and Nutrition Activities, Christian Religious, Education, Hindu Religious Education, Islamic Religious Education and Movement and Creative Activities.

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Dr. Kipsang said this when he made Classroom observations on the teaching and learning of CBC at Kieleeleni Primary School in Mbooni East Sub County in Makueni County ON Wednesday. He was flanked by the area Deputy County Commissioner, Mr. John Kibe, and area MP, Erastus Kivasu Nzioka

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Dr. Kipsang said the textbooks will help ensure that the curriculum is delivered well.

He said the government, through the curriculum, aims at making children able to do things—things useful to their growth and development—using their minds, hearts and body.

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He said the curriculum focuses on the development of skills and values that deemed useful to person’s survival and not just to remember things they have learned in school.

He clarified that the content or knowledge taught remained the same.

“It is we deliver the curriculum that has changed as it delivery of the curriculum is more child centered, enquiry and actively based than it has been in the past,” Dr. Kipsang explained.

The Principal Secretary also officiated the opening of a workshop on Early Grade Literacy (Tusome) programme for teachers in Makueni County.

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The Tusome programme which aims at improving the teaching and learning of reading and writing in English and Kiswahili and literacy in General has embedded CBC in the programme, making it easy for teacher participate in the programme to easily internalise an innovative teaching methods consistent with CBC.

Dr. Kipsang was accompanied the Regional Coordinator for Education, Eastern Region, Mr. Margaret Lessuda, area County Director for Education, Mr. James Gachungi, Chief of Party for Tusome Programme, Mrs. Salome Ong’ele, the National Coordinator of TUSOME, Mr.  Musa Wambua.

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