, NAIROBI, Kenya Dec 04 – Each Form One student will receive six textbooks when they report to school.
Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi said students will receive Mathematics, English, Kiswahili, Chemistry, Biology and Physics when they report on January 9.
“My sisters and brothers don’t ask Form One students. On January 4, we will flag off the distribution of textbooks across the country and the Form One will be given the text books. This is how you achieve equity,” he told education sector stakeholders attending the Form One Selection exercise.
He said they took the decision to curb misappropriation of public resources that had been reported in County and Extra-County Schools.
“I was showing Prof Magoha (Kenya National Examinations Council, Chairman) and he was shocked that books that we were told are costing Sh790, now cost Sh194 through the procurement system we are having.
If you look at the amount of money we have been losing through the processes, it is shocking.”
“I have walked into schools where you have four textbooks in a class of 50 students, yet we give money for text books every year.”
Matiangi said he was stunned by findings that Rwanda pays less on books published in Kenya.
The CS also directed the Region Education Directors to monitor the roll-out of the initiative which will go hand in hand with the government’s plan to provide free basic secondary school education.
He also called for an end to the culture of book-harvesting which had been practiced by some school heads.
“I was recently a Guest of Honour at a parents function in a school in Meru and a huge box was brought in front of us and the principal began to call parents for the Form 4, and they would come of dump the books inside, then he calls the Form 3 and they did the same, but there was no accountability, because no one said what they were bringing because I saw the wife of a politician bring a box of books on flowers, animals and so on but we have a curriculum to follow,” the CS said.