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Parent moves to court to halt textbook project

A multi-million textbook project aimed at supporting teaching and learning in primary schools has run into headwinds after a parent went to court to stop it.

Mr Samuel Njoroge Waweru has sued the Ministry of Education, the Attorney General, the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) and an international NGO, claiming it is out to corrupt the minds of school-going children by introducing foreign ideologies in the new curriculum.

Mr Waweru, through Musyoki Mogaka and Company Advocates, has accused the Ministry of Education of attempting to give the role of developing the new curriculum to Research Triangle International (RTI), an NGO based in North Carolina, in the US, at the exclusion of other stakeholders.

The Ministry of Education, he argued, has given RTI, through the Tusome Project, exclusive rights to develop, publish and supply Kiswahili and English course books for pupils between Standard One to Three.

Mr Waweru in an affidavit on March 22 adds that RTI has published “the said books in total disregard and in contempt of the Kenyan culture”.

Justice Chacha Mwita of the Constitutional Court set the hearing of Mr Njoroge’s application on April 11.

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