By Our Reporter.
The Ministry of Education in liaison with Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development Education (KICD) have approved new set books for Literature in English and Kiswahili for 2018 to 2022, Education News has learnt.
The books will replace the current ones that have been in use since 2013 with effect from January 1, 2018.
In a Circular (MOE/QAS/A/5/19/16) dated December 18th, 2017 addressed to Principals of Secondary schools, County and Sub-County Teachers Service Commission Directors and the Directors of Education, the Director for Quality Assurance and Standards in the Ministry of Education, Mr Pius Mutisya says Blossoms of The Savannah by Henry Ole Kulet will be a compulsory set book to replace The River and The Source.
Another compulsory set book will be A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen which will replace The Caucasian Chalk Circle. A Doll’s House is ‘Play book’ from the Rest of the World Series.
In the Literature in English category, the ministry has approved The Pearl (novel) by John Steinbeck, Memories We Lost (Anthology of Short Stories) by Chris Wanjala and Inheritance (play) by David Mulwa to replace Betrayal in the City.
In Fasihi Ya Kiswahili, the Ministry has approved Chozi La Heri by Assumpta Matei to replace Kidagaa Kimemwozea; Kigogo by Pauline Kea Kyovi (play) and Tumbo Lisiloshiba na Hadithi Nyingine by Alifa Chokocho na Dumu Kayanda (short stories).
States Mutisya in the circular copied to the Cabinet Secretary, Dr Fred Matia’ngi, Principal Secretary Dr Belio Kipsang, and Director-General Robert Masese: “This is to inform you that the final phase in change of set books for Literature in English and Fasihi ya Kiswahili for Secondary schools for the period 2018-2022 has been finalised. “
“The new approved literary texts (set books) for Literature in English and Fasihi ya Kiswahili will replace the books that have been in use since 2013.” the circular states, adding that the approved books have a running foot note on every page stating ‘Approved by KICD 2017 Edition’ and Kimeidhinishwa na KICD Toleo la 2017.
All the new set books have a security tag on the cover which when scratched will reveal a 16 digit pin number. When the pin number is sent by mobile SMS to 22776, one receives a message confirming whether the copy is genuine or pirated.
“This is an important security measure aimed at ensuring that schools, parents, students and guardians have genuine copies with correct content. By copy of this circular all County Directors of Education are required to ensure that all Sub-county Education Officers forward the same to all schools within their areas of jurisdiction as soon as possible,” states the document.
The circular is also copied to Director Secondary and Tertiary Education, Secretary/Chief Executive Kenya National Examination Council, Chairman Kenya National Parents Association, Chairman Kenya Secondary School Heads Association, Chairman Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers and the Chairman of Kenya National Union of Teachers.