Outrage as Form 4s get books weeks to exams
SEE ALSO :University students linked to exam leakReceived less Kahi Indimuli, Kenya Secondary School Headteachers Association (Kessha) chairman, said they had raised the issue with the Ministry of Education and Kenya Publishers Association (KPA), through Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD). “There is a delay in distribution of textbooks to schools. Some schools have received more books while others have received less. Only a few of the schools started receiving textbooks for English language last week, including mine – Machakos Boys High School,” said Indimuli. He said chaotic distribution of textbooks would affect Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education candidates as schools were using old textbooks, which had not been approved. “The ministry is aware that there is a problem with the distribution of books. We are opening for third and last term this year but we don’t have all books,” said Indimuli. Teachers are also having difficulties in teaching Literature and Fasihi as not all students have the set books.
SEE ALSO :KCSE exam results set to be announcedThe first phase was to cover Standard Seven and Eight and Form One up to Form Four. But teachers across the country said there was no school that had received all the books under the programme. Teachers and their unions are now calling on the Government to investigate the whole distribution process, saying it is riddled with bureaucracy. Zablon Awange, Kisumu branch executive secretary of Kenya Union of Post-Primary Education Teachers, said teachers in Nyanza region had received less books. “The textbook centralisation by Government was meant to solve past systems that targeted unscrupulous suppliers. Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohammed should ensure the process is a success as it used to be in 1970s and does not turn out to be a cash cow,” said Awange. He said taxpayers stand to lose if the process is not handled in a transparent manner, citing incidences where ministry officials are said to be interfering with the supply. “Logistics and delivery of textbooks is becoming a Herculean task. Textbooks are indicated ‘Not For Sale’ yet officials from the ministry are forcing teachers to write receipts for books delivered yet they only signed delivery notes without value,” said Awange. KICD boss Education ministry referred The Standard to KICD chief executive of Dr Julius Jwan to comment on the matter. Jwan said the records they have show distribution in secondary schools had been completed, but acknowledged that there were cases of surpluses and deficits. Kenya Publishers Association chairman Lawrence Njagi said they had delivered 99 per cent of the textbooks as per the contract they signed with Government.