The Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD), has unveiled new set books for learners in high schools.
In a statement, following the completion of its review, KICD stated that the first cohort of learners to tackle the new English and Kiswahili set books will be those joining form four in 2022, and the set books will last up to 2026.
For compulsory literature set books, the learners will study Fathers of Nations by Tanzanian-born author, Paul Vitta. This will replace the Blossoms of the Savannah written by the late Ole Kulet.
For a compulsory play, learners will take The Samaritan by John Lara, which is replacing A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen.
KICD further approved two optional set books that will replace the compilation of short stories by Chris Wanjala, Memories We Lost, and short story, The Pearl by John Stenbeck. That is A silent Song and Other Stories edited by Godwin Sundu and Artist of the Floating World by British novelist Kazuo Ishiguro respectively.
There is also an optional play titled A Parliament of Owls by Adipo Sidang, which will replace Inheritance by David Mulwa.
Ratified Kiswahili novels, tamthilia, include Bembea by Dr. Timothy Moriasi, replacing Kigogo by Pauline Kea. Nguu za Jadi by Prof Clara Momanyi will replace Chozi la Heri, written by Assumpta K. Matei.
For Swahili short stories, KICD opted for Mapambazuko ya Machweo na Hadithi Nyingine, which will replace the anthology of short stories, Tumbo Lisiloshiba na Hadithi Nyingine.
Kenyan schools will be closed in March to allow time for KCPE and KCSE candidates to sit for their national examinations scheduled for March 4 and 11 respectively. Parents of form four students promoted in 2022 are expected to buy the set books before the first term begins in May.