The Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD), revealed that it has completed the review of new literature books for English and Kiswahili Fasihi that will be studied from 2022 to 2026 for secondary schools.
A statement by KICD Director of Quality Assurance Mary Gaturu to all secondary school heads, read “This is to inform you that the final phase of set books for Literature in English and Fasihi ya Kiswahili for secondary schools for the period 2022-2026 has been finalized.”
According to a statement released on Thursday by the Ministry of education, the books are to be rolled out from April 2022 for form three as others will be available in January 2023.
For the Compulsory literature set books, students will now study Fathers of Nations, which is a novel, replacing Blossoms of the Savannah, while ‘The Samaritan’ by John Lara, to replace ‘A Doll’s House’ by Henry Ibsen as compulsory play.
KICD further stated that, Optional novels will be ‘Artist of the Floating World’ by Kazuo Ishiguro, which takes the place of ‘The Pearly’ by John Steinbeck.
‘A Silent Song and Other Stories edited by Godwin Siundu’ will be the optional anthology of short stories that are set to replace ‘Memories We Lost’ by Chris Wanjala.
The optional play that comes in to take the place of David Mulwa’s ‘inheritance’ is ‘A Parliamentary of Owls’ by Adipo Sidang.
For the Fasihi ya Kiswahili’s Tamthilia category, ‘Bembea’ by Timothy Moriasi will replace ‘Kigogo’ by Pauline Kea Kyovi.
‘Mapambazuko ya Machweo na Hadithi Nyingine’ is the Hadithi Fupi that will set in for ‘Tumbo Lisiloshiba na Hadithi Nyingine’ by Aliya Chokocho na Dumu Kayanda.
On Riwaya, ‘Nguu za Jadi’ by Prof Clara Momanyi will replace the current ‘Chozi La Heri’ by Assumpta K. Matei.
Therefore Parents are now expected to buy a new set of books as schools reopen for the First Term in May 2022.