Why literary texts are still vital in the Kenyan education system

Literature student

Strategies like only analysing episodes in set books as opposed to the traditional analysis of: plot, setting, characters, themes and stylistic devices is now the norm.

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What you need to know:

  • The move to integrate English and literature, in my opinion, was not informed by research and its implementation was haphazardly done.
  • With integration, literature shifted from being fully tested in paper 3 to papers 2 and 3.

On March 13, 2021, Mr Ashford Gikunda wrote an article titled, “Re-evaluate the place and value of set books in the curriculum” in which he castigated and lampooned the value and role of literary set books in secondary schools.


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