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Few Lower primary pupils in Central region can read

By Our Reporter.

Only a small percentage of Lower primary pupils in many public schools in Central Region can read in both English and Kiswahili.
This is as a result of many factors among them lack of text books for both Kiswahili and English subjects, Tusome Programme Director, Francis Njagi has said.
He said a baseline study conducted countrywide by an international development organization in July 2015 for Stndard Two pupils showed 38 per cent could not read a single word, 28 per cent were beginning to read, 22 per cent were emerging readers while only 12 per cent were fluent readers.
“In some schools one book is shared among up to five pupils,” he noted.
A similar survey carried out on October 2016 found out 12 per cent could not read, 11 per cent were beginning to read and 47 per cent were fluent readers.
Njagi who was speaking during Central Region KEPSHA Conference in Nakuru said the glaring changes in figures between the two studies were as a result of incorporation of Tusome, a literacy enhancement programme in many schools.

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