NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 19 – The Education Ministry says it has completed the distribution of Science, Mathematics, English textbooks to grade 7 and 8 pupils in public primary and secondary schools in the country.
While expressing satisfaction with the process, Education Principal Secretary Belio Kipsang said it will address deficiencies and inequalities that face teaching and learning especially in marginalised regions.
“The government is implementing to the project in conjunction with World Bank and focuses on improving retention of learners in primary education as well as transition to secondary education in arid and semi-arid regions,” he stated.
The PS made the observation when he met the Secondary Education Quality Improvement Project support mission which comprised education officials and World Bank in Jogoo House on Friday.
“The Science, Mathematics, English and Kiswahili textbooks are part of the Secondary Education Quality Improvement Project (SEQIP) which particularly targets 7,852 primary schools and 2,147 secondary schools in 110 sub-counties in the 30 counties in marginalised regions,” he said.
Kipsang observed that under the project, Class 7 and 8 and forms 1-4 in targeted schools will be given textbooks in the core subjects with the objective of reaching a student-textbook ratio of 1:1.
He stated that the project is also poised to support the process of developing the competence based curriculum for grade 4, 5 and 6.
“This will be done by availing to Kenya Institute for Curriculum Development (KICD) the experience and expertise in development of the curriculum for the early grades,” he stated.
He stated that the programme will ensure that each school has basic physical structures including classrooms, science laboratories, library, toilets, water facilities and electricity.
“Embedded in the project is a scholarship programme to enable students complete secondary schools.”
Apart from recruitment and deployment of teachers by the TSC to the targeted schools to address shortage, the project will also see the strengthening of national examinations and assessments systems at the Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC).