New KICD rules leave book publishers, authors in a bind

Prof Charles Ochieng’ Ong’ondo

Prof Charles Ochieng’ Ong’ondo, the director and chief executive of the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development.

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What you need to know:

  • According to the KICD, the new measures were introduced to allow for fair evaluation of the texts.
  • The unnerving implication of this arrangement is that a not-so-good book could outdo, in marks, the best text in terms of technical evaluation.

In March this year, the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) put out a call on publishers to submit literary texts in Kiswahili and English to be evaluated for possible use in the country’s education system.

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