Public outcry as pupils told to buy 27 books and costly textbooks

Poor conditions of Tiaty schools
Photo Courtesy: Class three Pupils at Nachuru primary school in Tiaty sub-county in Baringo County seated on stones while taking their lessons

In line with the recently introduced Competency Based Curriculum (CBC) design by Kenya Institute of Curriculum Design (KICD), Grade 1 Pupils are now required to buy at least 27 exercise books and textbooks worth approximately Kshs. 12,000.

With schools already opened, parents and guardians have been forced to feel the pinch of buying A4 ruled and squared exercise books.  Each A4 exercise book costs approximately Kshs. 50.

Suffice to say, parents must part ways with at least Kshs. 13,000 for books alone.

This hefty demands come at a time when the pandemic has greatly shattered lives of many poor families, leaving them saddened and endlessly wailing for help.

For poor parents whom getting a daily meal alone is a tedious demand, buying these books seems to be an impossible mission to achieve.

As a result, many have now taken to their social media handles to express their frustrations.  While majority are unable to crack why such many books are needed, others are busy pointing fingers at the government.

Before this curriculum was introduced, many needed only around 5 books to sail them throughout the term effectively.  However, in cases where there were emerging demands in the course of the term, learners had the option of buying a few more to take care of the shortage.

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“What shocks me is that a grade 1 pupil is required to buy 27 exercise books. As if that is not enough 80 pages and A4. If my memory serves me well I joined class 1 with 7 flamingo 32 pg exercise books Maths, Eng, kis, mother tongue GHC, cre and science, ” tweeted Louis Vinne.

As result, many now believe CBC is harmful and should be stopped.

“The first duty of the next govt is to discard the useless CBC curriculum. 27 exercise books for a grade 1 pupil! Upuzi kabisa,” posted Onyikwa Kefa on his Facebook.

All eyes are now set on the ministry of education to respond accordingly.

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