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Education CS Mohamed admits hiccups in new syllabus books

By Darlington Manyara | Published Wed, March 7th 2018 at 00:00, Updated March 6th 2018 at 21:58 GMT +3
Ministry of Education admits 33 million books procured have errors; Education CS Amina Mohammed says KICD addressing the issue. [Photo: Boniface Okendo, Standard]

The Education Cabinet secretary has admitted that the 33 million books procured by the Government for the new syllabus have multiple errors.

Speaking to the media at the Meru University of Science and Technology, Amina Mohamed said the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD] was addressing the issue.

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She said some hiccups were expected in the pilot programme. The books cost the Government Sh7.5 billion.

“It was a pilot targeting 470 schools and if there are hiccups, they will be addressed. At the end of the trial period, we will come out and tell Kenyans how we will move forward with the curriculum,” she said.

Teachers have complained about the mix-up in the books that were issued to Form One students, with some having units mean to be covered in Form Two and higher classes.

The physics and Kiswahili books had the most errors.

In an article published in a local daily on Tuesday, KICD Director for Research, Monitoring and Evaluation Cyril Oyugi confirmed that the institute had established that there were multiple errors in some of the books but that mechanisms had been put in place to rectify them.

“Teams have been formed to look over the mistakes and they are doing corrections. That will be solved,” Oyugi said.