Ministry of Education confirms that all grade 6 books are ready and announces when to start the distribution exercise

Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) has announced that competency-based curriculum (CBC) grade 6 textbooks are ready and will be distributed in schools from January next year.


Mr. John Kimotho, Senior Deputy Director of Educational Media Services, confirmed that the delivery of books will begin in January 2022 and will be completed in mid-March 2022, before the start of Grade 6 in May 2022.



Mr. Kimotho was addressing the Kenyan National Union of Teachers (KNUT) Nairobi school representatives at the stakeholder engagement meeting with KICD on CBC implementation on October 6, 2021 at KICD Headquarters in Nairobi.



He said more than 56 million CBC books, including curriculum designs, student books, teacher guides and teachers’ handbooks including Special Needs Education (SNE), have been distributed to schools between January 2019 and January 2021, with The cost of more than 5 billion.



Between January and May 2019, around 9 million books for grades 1,2 and 3 were distributed in schools at a cost of kshs 3 billion.



Between October 2019 and January 2020, about 13 million Grade 4 books were distributed at a cost of approximately kshs 1 billion, while kshs 1 billion was used for the delivery of 13 million Grade 5 books between May and June 2021 .



A total of 810,500 handbooks and pre-primary 1-2 curriculum designs for SNE, which cost more than ksh. 100 million (Sh159,893,012) were distributed between December 2017 to July 2018, October 2019 to February 2020 and November 2020 to January 2021.



Kimotho said a ratio of 1:1 of books per learner was attained   in August 2021 after 56,290,620 books were distributed in schools. According to the Economic Survey 2021 report, total enrollment in primary schools increased from 10.1 million in 2019 to 10.2 million.



Enrollment in Grade 1 to Grade 4 under CBC was 5.1 million, which was 49.9 percent of the total primary enrollment.



The total enrollment in secondary schools in 2020 was 3,520,400. On January 5, 2018, President Uhuru Kenyatta flagged off the distribution of books to primary and secondary schools at the Center for Mathematics, Science and Technology Education in Africa (CEMASTEA) in Karen, Nairobi, Africa.



This is the new initiative of the government to ensure that every student has a textbook for each main subject. Initially, the government used to spend more than 20 billion annually on buying books for schools.


With the centrally managed procurement initiative by the Ministry of Education (MoE), the government is currently spending kshs 7.5 billion on books and saving ksh 13.82 billion.



Teachers were given a presentation on the development of print and digital curriculum support materials and CBC, handled by Mrs. Jacqueline Onyango, Senior Deputy Director Curriculum Development.


KNUT Secretary General Collins Oyuu, his Deputy Hesban Otino, KNUT Nairobi Branch Executive Secretary Macharia Mugwe, TSC Regional and County Director Jane Njagi and other senior education officials were among those attending the meeting.



KICD has initiated stakeholder participation on CBC implementation, where it aims to meet all KNUT officials from all regions, with the Nairobi region being the first to organize the event.


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