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Free Books to be distributed to schools: Government

At least 1,860 private schools will benefit from the government distribution of free textbooks to secondary schools.

The Government is set to distribute 3.4 million textbooks to all secondary schools as part of efforts to promote the new O’level curriculum.

The new curriculum is being rolled out in all O’level schools, starting with this academic year.

Of the textbooks to be distributed next year, private schools will take a lion’s share because they outnumber government schools.

Of the 3,126 schools to benefit from this arrangement, there are only 1,266 public schools and the rest are privately-owned.

The state minister for higher education, Dr John Chrysostom Muyingo, explained that the aim is to ensure that all children get to benefit from the new curriculum.

“We know that some private schools will not be able to get these books if we leave them out,” Muyingo said.

He made the remarks on the sidelines of the 27th Education Sector Review virtual workshop, which took place in Kampala last week.

Muyingo noted that some schools ask parents to bring textbooks, which is unfortunate. He said schools should be stocked with all scholastic materials before they admit students.

“We have resolved to use the opportunity of the new curriculum to ensure that every child in this country has access to textbooks from the Government,” he said.

The minister warned that the textbooks will be labelled and should not end up in bookshops.

The education ministry’s permanent secretary, Alex Kakooza, said the textbooks will cover the core subjects.

These are mathematics, English, biology, chemistry, physics, history/ political education and geography.

He also said textbooks will also be printed for non-core subjects such as Kiswahili, Christian religious education, Islamic religious education, local languages, agriculture, food and nutrition, perfuming arts, art and design as well as foreign languages.

The content in the books was prepared by the National Curriculum Development Centre.

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