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BY EURIDICE NZIOKA,NAIROBI,8TH MARCH 2018-The Ministry of Education has come out to defend itself against reports that textbooks already distributed to schools had errors.According to Principal Secretary Belio Kipsang, the government picked the textbooks “from an already existing blueprint of prescribed textbooks that schools have always used.”
He was responding to allegations the textbooks the Ministry distributed to schools following a shift in book distribution policy, had errors.
Kipsang further said that the government will not back down on the new policy, describing it as an effective and efficient method in ensuring all learners across the board received similar and quality instructional materials.
“The shift in book distribution policy is aimed at ensuring all children, regardless of the status of the school, receive quality instruction materials that would improve quality learning experience.”
He said the quality of textbooks informed the approval of and incorporation of the textbooks in the Orange Book.The PS said the content in the hands of learners was of the highest quality.
Kipsang said in a bid to ensure equity, the Ministry, in conjunction with the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) will ensure that 60 per cent of newly recruited teachers are deployed to Sub-County Schools and with an equal percentage of money for infrastructural support being disbursed to the same schools.
Kipsang assured stakeholders that the instructional materials that the government had approved and send to schools were of the highest quality, saying quality education is the focus of government now.
He said the content of curriculum instruction materials is always a work in progress necessitated by evolution of the society.
He has called upon stakeholders in the sector to support the ministry in attaining aspirations of the new curriculum.