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Brisk business for book & uniform shops ahead schools’ opening

New student registration – 2019 /CFM File

NAIROBI, Kenya,Jan 2 – Parents and guardians have started flocking to textbooks and school uniform shops as they ready their children to go back to school for the first term of the new year

Learning at public institutions will begin on January 6, 2020 for pre-primary and primary school pupils as well as for secondary school students.

Speaking at Savanis Bookshop, Terry Mueni a mother of two expressed disappointment after missing a textbook for her child in reception class. “At least I have found three books for the child in reception although one is missing,”Mueni states.

Michael Muyasi a grade four parent acknowledged the new system of education has proved to be efficient for pupils as his child as shown good progress in the past year.

“My child is in Grade 3 headed to 4 and must admit the Competency Based Curriculum system has proven to be efficient as I have seen good progress,” he said.

Education Cabinet Secretary Professor George Magoha had last year assured parents that his ministry had supplied Grade Four textbooks in 97 per cent of the counties, adding that the remaining counties would be reached before schools open.

The government launched the new curriculum January 2019. The ministry, in October, directed the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) and publishers to delay the distribution of Grade 4 textbooks.

This was to facilitate the publication of the full list of approved books in mainstream media and on the KICD website to ensure that parents and teachers are well-guided.

The books are for Kiswahili, English, Mathematics, Social Studies, CRE, IRE, Home Science, Agriculture, Science and Technology, Music and Arts subjects.

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