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Over 12 Million New Curriculum Books in Circulation

Pupils in public primary schools will receive Literacy books for the new curriculum; after the government started the distribution of 12.5million Early Grade Literacy and numeracy textbooks.

Education Principal Secretary Belio Kipsang flags off Competency Based Curriculum Text Books for primary Schools grades One to Three for Kwale and Lamu Counties at English Press Limited as part distribution of 7.8 million textbooks. The books under Tusome Early Grade Literacy Program are being distributed to all the Counties Country wide
All photos by Bonface Malinda/KNA

Principal Secretary for Early Learning and Basic Education, Dr. Belio Kipsang said that 7.8 million textbooks are for grade one to three literacy, popularly known as Tusome, while 4.35million textbooks are for Early Grade Mathematics which will cater for grade two and three learners.

He said the textbooks are aligned to Competence Based Curriculum (CBC) that the government has rolled out in grades one to three from the 2019 calendar year.

Dr. Kipsang made the remarks moments after flagging off English and Kiswahili textbooks for distribution in Industrial Area in Nairobi today.

He further said that 34 counties have received the literacy books and 12 more counties which are yet to receive will get them by Monday next week.

“Around 2.46 million books will be distributed by tomorrow thanks to Tusome Grade Reading Activity,” stated the PS.

He added that 7.8 million books for literacy are already printed and by end of next week 12.5 million books will be printed for numeracy. Hygiene, Environment, psychomotor activities and religious activity books will be available as from 15th of February 2019.

 Education Principal Secretary Belio oversees the exercise.

He further said that the government will provide 2,500 books for teacher’s guide per subject per class.

The Government implements the Early Grade Literacy Programme in conjunction with USAID while it implements Early Grade Numeracy in conjunction with the Global Partnership for Education (GPE).

He said this will make a total of 23million textbooks into public primary schools which are aligned to the CBC.

Dr. Kipsang was accompanied by the Chief of Party for Tusome Programme, Mrs. Salome Ong’ele and the African Director of Education, Dr. Benjamin Piper.

By Elizabeth Wambui and Joseph Ng’ang’a

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