Govt launches distribution of textbooks for Grade 7 learners

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On Fri, 27 Jan, 2023 12:08 | < 1 min read
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Education CS Ezekiel Machogu. PHOTO/Courtesy

Education Cabinet Secretary (CS) Ezekiel Machogu has launched the distribution of textbooks and teacher guides for Grade Seven learners.

The CS said the books will reach schools between January 30 and February 17, 2023.

Some 1,789,3270 copies of textbooks and 423,514 copies of teacher guides will be distributed to over 20, 000 primary schools that are ready to host Junior Secondary School (JSS) learners.

“The process targets all the schools that have been identified to host Junior Secondary school after the conclusion of the recent assessment by the ministry,” CS Machogu said.

While releasing KCSE results last week, the CS said President William Ruto had approved guidelines to be used in rolling out JSS beginning January 30.

In the new guidelines, the Board of Management (BoM) of a primary school that domiciles the Junior Secondary School will constitute a special Sub-Committee to spearhead the management of education and resources of the school.

The headteacher of the primary school that domiciles the JSS will serve as Secretary while the Chairperson will be a member of the Committee.

All private JSS will establish and operationalise BoMs, Boards of Directors or Boards of Trustees, in accordance with Section 52 (a) of the Basic Education Act (2013).

At the same time, a public JSS will be headed by the headteacher of the public primary school that domiciles it during the interim period of the transition ending December 30, 2023.

"The Ministry of Education has re-engineered the National Education Management Information System (NEMIS) in readiness for enhancement management of education data.

"Registration of learners in NEMIS will form the basis for disbursement of funds to public Junior Secondary School," CS Machogu said.

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