Government has distributed 60million textbooks to Public Primary and Secondary Schools

Nairobi 21st January, 2019 – The Government has distributed 60million textbooks to Public Primary and Secondary Schools, the Principal Secretary for Basic Education, Dr. Belio Kipsang has said.

The Principal Secretary said the Ministry had achieved the 1:1 textbook to learner ratio which is important in effective teaching and learning in school system.

Dr. Kipsang made the remarks when he received a 14-strong delegation from Zambia which is on learning a 4-day learning tour of Kenya’s at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development today. The principal Secretary was flanked by the Chief Executive Officer of the Teachers Service Commission (TSC), Dr. Nancy Macharia, her counterparts at KICD, Dr. Julius Jwan and Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) Dr. Mercy Kerogo.

The Permanent Secretary for General Education in Zambia, Dr. Felix Phiri said his government had so far book ratio attained of 1:5 which is a challenge to delivery of quality education.

“We can only dream of 1:1 pupil textbook ratio you have attained,” Dr. Phiri noted. He said they were in Kenya to learn what Kenya had done to ensure learners accessed textbooks which were important in quality education.

Dr. Kipsang said the government, in conjunction with USAID and Global Partnership in Education (GPE) and the World Bank, had cumulatively distributed 60Million textbooks towards improvement of literacy and numeracy in the Early Years of Education (YES) besides the Secondary Education Quality Improvement Project (SEQIP).

The Chief Executive of TSC, Dr. Macharia underscored the need for capacity building of teachers to adhere to the teaching approaches that Competence Based Curriculum (CBC) require for effective delivery of the Curriculum.

The 4 Day delegation from Zambia also want to understand how the Ministry of Education handle teacher training particularly in the teaching of Mathematics and Science curriculum in Secondary Education and management and administration of national examinations.

Dr. Kipsang said the 4-day bench-marking tour will provide an opportunity for Education Policy makers in the two countries to share experiences on how best educational services are delivered efficiently and effectively.

The Delegation will visit schools in Nyeri and Muranga Counties after visiting the Centre for Mathematics, Science and Technology Training in Africa (CEMASTEA), Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development, Teachers Service Commission and the Kenya National Examinations Council for briefing on their respective functions, policies, programmes and initiatives.

Present during the occasion included the Director for Projects Coordination and Delivery, Mr. Elijah Mungai, World Bank educational Specialist, Mrs. Ruth Charo, the National Coordinator for Kenya Primary Education Development (PRIEDE) charged with Early Grade Mathematics, the National Coordinator for SEQIP Mrs. Anne Mbugua, among other senior officials of Education.