, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 5 – President Uhuru Kenyatta has flagged off trucks to distribute textbooks to all public schools in the 47 counties.
Kenyatta said his government is committed to support and invest in the education sector so as to ensure all students in the country attain equitable and quality education.
“Education is the greatest equalizer in any nation, therefore in my government I will fully support reforms in the education sector by ensuring they are well facilitated,” said Kenyatta.
He also acknowledged some of the important milestones that have been made in the education sector which include waiver of examination fees, 100 per cent transition from primary to secondary schools and the planned introduction of medical cover to all students starting this year.
He also said county schools will be allocated more resources because they accommodate 63 per cent of students.
The government released Sh7.5 billion which will cater for printing and supply of the textbooks in primary and secondary schools.
Over 100 publishers who were vetted have been approved to print and publish textbooks, among them Longhorn, Kenya Literature Bureau, Oxford and East African Educational Publishers.
According to the Chairman of Kenya Publishers Association Lawrence Njagi, the competition was very stiff but only the best publishers emerged winners.
The Kenya Literature Bureau (KLB) revised its books and obtained approval to print 18 million copies of Biology, English and Chemistry for distribution to schools.
KLB remains the largest publisher in the region controlling both secondary and primary segments of the text book market.
In primary schools only standard seven and eight will get four books which include English, Kiswahili, Science and Mathematics.
In secondary schools, all students from form one to form four will get the six core textbooks which include English, Kiswahili, Mathematics, Physics, Biology and Chemistry.
The Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) had emphasized the need for parents and teachers to check with the institution before buying textbooks to avoid purchasing those having misleading information.