Schools have reported disparities in the supply of textbooks for the Sh7.5 billion Government-funded programe. According to head teachers, some schools received more books than required while others got less.
In the North Rift region, some institutions say the number of textbooks received exceeded the number of students by more than 100.
St Joseph’s Kitale High School principal Wilson Yego said he received excess textbooks for Form One students. In Mt Kenya region, a number of principals are wondering what to do with extra copies of textbooks lying in the school stores. Some principals have opted to return the extra books to their respective sub-county education offices.
At Koimbi Boys’ High School, 199 textbooks for each core subject were delivered for 133 Form One students. In another case of miscalculation, Kianderi Girls Secondary School was supplied with 252 textbooks for each core subject yet it has only 150 Form One students. At Gititu Secondary School, principal Francis Mutemwa said he returned a truckful of textbooks to the Gatanga sub-county education office to free up space in the school stores. And in the remote areas of Laikipia County, school heads complained that suppliers dumped their textbooks at schools in urban areas in disregard of the agreement that they should be delivered to every school.
Laikipia County’s Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (Kuppet) Executive Secretary, Charles Wangenye, said the suppliers should be surcharged for failing to deliver the textbooks to every school as earlier agreed. At Singore Girls in Elgeyo Marakwet County, school principal Rose Koech-Kimutai said they had received enough books. St Patrick’s High School Iten principal Peter Obwogo also said they received sufficient textbooks. But a principal in Nandi who did not wish to be named said they received textbooks with an excess of 15 to 20 copies per subject. Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) CEO Julius Jwan said they were receiving feedback from stakeholders concerning distribution of textbooks to secondary schools. Dr Jwan said county directors of education should ensure that the extra books were distributed to institutions that had reported shortages.