Education CS Fred Matiang’i has directed the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development to revise guidelines on school text books. According to the no-nonsense minister, the current distribution policy gives publishers the leeway to influence school heads on which text books to buy, thereby compromising quality.

The Orange Book, by the KICD, gives guidelines on the course books to be used for every subject.

The distribution mechanism needs to be changed where only one course book is given to prevent marketers from taking advantage.

“If we are going to put the lives of our children in the hands of profiteers, middlemen and deal makers, we are hurting their future.”

Matiang’i said

The revision will ensure schools have enough text books because money will be spent to buy approved books.

This new directive will mean that the multi-billion-shilling textbook business will face collapse as only one book rather than the usual six, will be required per subject.

Matiang’i spoke during the launch of the Tusome midline evaluation report at the KICD.

The Tusome program which was launched in 2015 in 200 schools nationally seeks to improve pupils’ reading performance in English and Kiswahili. So far over 5000 students have participated in the program.