The parents of children who will be attending junior secondary schools (JSS) can smile. This came after the administration of President William Ruto promised to support them by supplying all study materials, including books in all subject areas. The 12 required subjects and the remaining 4 optional learning areas will all have textbooks for junior secondary school students in the public schools, according to the Kenya Institute of Curricular Development (KICD), which is in charge of evaluating and purchasing all curriculum materials.
Charles Ong'ondo, CEO of the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development, stated that the State will make sure that instructional materials are ready before the 23rd January reopening date of educational institutions. He stated that on January 30, students would start receiving the books.
According to KICD, government will approve books from only one publisher but added that parents who want books from other publishers can buy on their own. He added that books from other publishers should only be used by schools for reference only and not teaching the whole curriculum.
The twelve core learning areas that will be taught at the junior secondary schools include languages which are English, Kiswahili and Foreign Languages; Mathematics; Integrated Science; Home Science; Arts such as Visual Art, Performing Arts; Social Studies and Religious Education. Other learning areas include Agriculture, Life Skills, Physical Education and Health Education.
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