The Curriculum developer has appealed to head teachers to ensure that books used
in schools for the new curriculum, meet requirements.
This follows concerns that some books circulating in the market purported to be for
the Competency Based Curriculum (CBC), are not approved.
Parents must also confirm that the complementary textbooks they buy for their
children are age appropriate.
"Textbooks are important in curriculum delivery. They must be the right ones to
ensure learners are not treated to misleading content," KICD director, Dr Julius
Jwan said in Nairobi.
He observed that some unscrupulous traders might take advantage of introduction
of the CBC to sale substandard books.
"We are monitoring the situation, especially those inserting fake imprints on such
books. But, all of us must remain vigilant to protect our children," Dr Jwan said.
He also appealed to those circulating the books to confirm if indeed they are in the
local market to avoid causing unnecessary panic.
The origin of some of the books with unapproved content, he revealed, has been
established to be as far as Egypt, Ghana and USA.
Dr Jwan said head teachers and parents can refer to the addendum to Orange book
for CBC, available on KICD's website to ascertain the genuine textbooks.
The addendum contains approved books for pre-primary 1 and 2 and Grade 1,2 and
On January 2, Education Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed directed education
officers to confirm that only KICD approved books are used in schools.
"Ensure that course books and other instructional materials reach all the public
primary schools," the CS said while issuing guidelines on implementation of the
On KICD social media platforms, it has been clarified that KICD has not approved
the textbook that has been circulating. It is not listed in the addendum to Orange
book for CBC.