Questions have emerged over the past few months over errors in some books that have been approved for use in schools for the competency-based curriculum.
Publishers and the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development – the agency responsible for quality control – have both come out to defend themselves against allegations of complacency.
Kenya Publishers Association chairman Lawrence Njagi said most of the highlighted “errors” have been taken out of context and are just perceptions.
He said those commentating about the errors are looking at the books with an adult eye yet the books are written from a child’s point of view.
He said they, therefore, end up seeing mistakes even where none exists.
KICD chief executive officer Julius Jwan on Thursday said the textbooks have been listed in the Orange Book and were considered 99.9 per cent error-free.
“Interpretation has been a problem because it’s up to publishers to choose the illustrations. Tutors are helped in interpretation using the teachers’ guide so it can always be in context with what students are learning,” he said