NAIROBI 8 February, 2018
Learners in Public Secondary Schools will each receive 6 textbooks in six core subjects by July this year, the Principal Secretary for Basic Education and Early Learning, Dr. Belio Kipsang has said.Dr. Belio said the Ministry of Education wants to secure a 1:1 textbook to learners’ ratio to ensure quality improvement in teaching and learning for learners in secondary education.He said the Government will supply textbooks in English, Kiswahili, Mathematics, and basic sciences—Physics, Chemistry and Biology.He said this during a World Bank Mission in Kenya this week, to assess the preparedness for the roll out of the Secondary Education Quality Improvement Project (SEQIP) which is complementing other quality improvement programmes like Early Grade Literacy (Tusome) and mathematics Kenya Primary Education Development Project (PRIEDE).
The Mission was led by Education Specialist, at World Bank, who is also Core Task Team Leader, Ms Human Waheed and Ms Ruth Charo. The Project, at a cost of Shs20billion, will focus on improving the quality of basic education and curb wastage caused by high student drop rates in in marginalized areas and among vulnerable communities.Dr. Kipsang said apart from the textbooks, the project will build capacities of teachers in new ways of delivering the curriculum.The Chief Executive Secretary for the Teachers Service Commission, Dr. Nancy Macharia, said TSC would reorganize recruitment and deployment of teachers to curb shortage in Arid and Semi-Arid (ASAL) areas.Ms Waheed said the Bank was keen on provision of quality and relevant education to learners, hence the support it was giving.Some 2,147 secondary schools in 110 Sub counties in 30 Counties will benefit from the project mainly in 7,852 primary schools in marginalized areas.The selected schools will receive more teachers, and textbooks, as well as new classrooms, dormitories, science laboratories and multi-purpose rooms.The overall objective is to improve retention of learners in upper Primary schools as well as secure 100% transition of learners likely to drop out, for whatever reasons, into secondary education.