Kaloleni sub county education director Josephine Lometa has cautioned head teachers against receiving books which have not been approved by the ministry.
Speaking at Mahenzo Primary school on Wednesday, Lometa expressed concerns that politicians in the area have been littering schools with books which are outdated and do not conform with the new Competence Based Curriculum.
The director urged any politician donating books to consult her office before visiting schools.
“I have noted a trend where politicians are donating books to our school. These politicians are doing it without confirming whether the books are the ones in use in our schools. If a book has not been approved by the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) please do not take such books,” she said
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Lometa said she will not allow schools to be used as dumping grounds for books.
“People get these donations from donors outside the country. Most of these books have been phased out. Some were used during the 8.4.4 sylabus and they are no longer in use but because they want to impress the commnity, politicians take such books to our children in our schools. Teachers should be vigilant not to feed our children with books that or not in the sylabus,” she added.
Kaloleni Assistant County Commissioner Anne Kinyanjui urged politicians to keep politics off schools.
Kinyanjui said the school calendar is already tight and should not be interfered with.
“We want the best for our children. Give them the right environment to study using the right material,” she said
Kaloleni Member of Parliament Paul Katana urged the ministry of education to take a lead role in controling what is distributed in schools.
Katana said it is wrong for politicians to use school going children as a campaign tool.
“Why should we take to school books that will not be used? If we want to empower our schools with learning materials lets consult the ministry and the school before distributing such materials. It is also very bad to issue students with political machandise such as branded masks and school bags,” he said
While politicians are warming up for the general elections, schools offer a ready audience fo politicians.
More aspirants have come forward to donate books and other learning materials.
Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha banned politicians from sending success cards bearing their portraits to candidates.