Government has distributed textbooks to grade 7 and 8 pupils in Primary schools

The Government has distributed Science, Mathematics, English textbooks to grade 7 and 8 pupils in Primary Schools and all public secondary schools in the country, the Principal Secretary for Early Learning and Basic Education, Dr. Belio Kipsang has said.

The PS made the observation when he met the Secondary Education Quality Improvement Project support mission which comprised of Education officials and World Bank in Jogoo House today.

The officials were led by the Director of Project Coordination and Delivery, Mr. James Mungai and Education Specialist from World Bank, Ms Ruth Charo.

The Science, Mathematics, English and Kiswahili textbooks is part of 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 marginalized 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.

Kipsang expressed satisfaction with the success of the distribution, saying it will help address some of the deficiencies and inequalities that face teaching and learning in the regions.

He said success will ensure addressing the knowledge and skill gaps that undercuts realization of desired educational outcomes.

Under the project, Class 7 and 8 and forms 1-4 in targeted schools have received will be given textbooks in the core subjects with the objective of reaching a student-textbook ratio of 1:1.

The Project is also poised to support the process of developing Competence based curriculum grade 4, 5 and 6 by availing to Kenya Institute for Curriculum Development (KICD) the experience and expertise in development of the curriculum for the early grades.

The programme will also ensure that each of the selected schools have 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.

The strengthening of the national examinations and assessments systems follows adoption of the Competence based curriculum under KNEC will now examine and assess the effectiveness of the teaching and learning of repertoire of skills that that learners are expected to learn and internalise.