In Summary
  • The government will take over procurement of books for public schools to stop the loss of billions of shillings to corruption networks, the CS said.
  • He singled out mainly sub-county and county schools for being involved in graft in textbook procurement and commended national schools for not abusing the system.

The government will directly supply textbooks to schools starting next year to reduce corruption in procurement, Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i has said.

This is a deliberate move aimed at ensuring that the funds meant for the purchase of textbooks are used accordingly.

GUIDELINES

In the new ministerial guidelines, form one students who report to school between January 9 and 12 will be issued with six text books: Maths, English, Chemistry, Physics, Biology and Kiswahili.

"The government will take over procurement of books for public schools. We cannot be losing billions of shillings to corruption networks," the CS said, singling out mainly sub-county and county schools for being involved in the vice.

He, however, commended national schools, saying they have not been abusing the system – the reason why most of their students pass, he added.

FREE EDUCATION

National distribution of the books will be done on January 4 before students reopen schools for the first term, when the free secondary school education will be rolled out.

Money for schools will be disbursed by then to ensure that all education programmes go on smoothly.

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