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Kericho schools get textbooks as parents hail plan

Philip Yegon, Douglas Dindi and Esther Nzuma @PeopleDailyKe

The Education ministry through the Kenya Literature Bureau (KLB) yesterday launched distribution of textbooks to secondary schools in Kericho county.

Speaking during the launch at Kipsigis Girls’ Secondary School, KLB board member Abdallah Bii said all Form One students across the country will get the books by next week. He said every student will have own textbook for English, Biology and Chemistry subjects as directed by the ministry.

“The books are being distributed in various secondary schools across the county and we are optimistic the exercise will have been completed by Friday (tomorrow),” said Bii.

Meanwhile, Jubilee administration’s move to introduce free secondary education received accolades as hundreds of new students accompanied by their parents thronged various schools in Mombasa to join Form One yesterday.

Interviewed students and parents expressed hope in the new programme, saying it will offer opportunities to bright students who could otherwise be locked out for for lack of fees.

Elsewhere, the government’s free day secondary school programme is brewing trouble between the Kakamega County Executive and Assembly after the later withdrew bursary funding for students this year.

The county government had budgeted Sh120 million under Ward Bursary Fund, to assist bright but needy students. Each of the 60 wards in the county was guaranteed Sh2 million.

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