Government set to distribute 50 Million textbooks to public Primary and Secondary Schools

The government is set to distribute 50Million textbooks to public Primary and Secondary Schools to enable learners to access instructional materials at all times while in school and at home, the Principal Secretary for Early Learning and Basic Education, Dr Belio Kipsang has said.

Dr Kipsang said books will add to the 33million textbooks the Government distributed directly to learners in January with the aim of ensuring a 1:1 textbook to pupil ratio which provides the basis for effective learners.

The PS spoke this when he spoke during the County Dialogue on Education quality and learning outcomes at St. Georges Girls Secondary School in Nairobi today. He was flanked by the County Commissioner for Nairobi, Mr Amos Mariba, and Director General, Mr Robert Masese, the Chairman of Nairobi County Education Board,(CEB), Prof. Vincent Simiyu and a number of legislators in Nairobi County and the Regional Coordinator for Education in Nairobi, Mr John Olulootua.

Dr Kipsang said textbook distribution that ensured that learners had textbooks for each subject they studied as part of the reforms the Government had adopted to ensure that beyond access, children got the learning they deserved while in School.

“It is not just about schooling. It is about schooling and learning,” Dr Kipsang stressed saying the country should get returns from the huge investments it was making in education.

He cautioned school heads against imposing any additional levies on parents in high school, saying that the government had to spend Shs.29billion on Free Day Secondary Education to ensure secondary education was accessible and affordable by all children.

He said any charges outside the fees guidelines provided was illegal noting that the government will not accept any other levies outside the approved ones.

“School heads found charging fees outside the guidelines will be excluded from the administration of our schools,” Dr Kipsang said.

He announced that students in High school will enjoy comprehensive medical cover, and will be accorded medical care whenever their health is threatened for whatever reason including evacuation in case of extreme danger to their lives.

He praised the County as primary schools had continued to do relatively well in national examinations, attaining a mean of 282.23 in KCPE Examination in 2017.  This was an improvement from 239.74 in 2016.

Dr Kipsang expressed concern that secondary schools performance in the national examinations continues to decline.

“In 2017, secondary schools mean stood at 3.191 compared to 4.008 and 5.431 in 2016 and 2015 respectively,” Dr K