The Ministry of Education has issued the final statement on the set books for Literature in English and Fasihi ya Kiswahili for Secondary Schools in Kenya to be used between 2022 and 2026.
The changes are as follows:
- Compulsory English set books: Father of Nations (novel) by Paul B. Vita to replace Blossoms of the Savannah by Henery Ole Kulet. The Samaritan (play) by John Lara replacing A Doll’s House by Henrick Ibsen
- Optional English set books: Artist of the Floating World (novel) by Kazuo Ishiguro will replace The Pearl by John Steinbeck, A Silent Song and Other Stories edited (anthology of short stories) by Godwin Siundu will replace Memories We Lost by Chris Wanjala and A Parliament of Owls (play) by Adipo Sidang will replace Inheritance by David Mulwa
- Compulsory Swahili set books: Bembea (play) by Dr. Timothy Moriasi will replace Kigogo by Pauline Kea Kyovi, Mapambazuko ya Machweo na Hadithi Nyingine (short stories) will replace Tumbo Lisiloshiba na Hadithi Nyingine by Alfa Chokocho and Dumu Kayanda while Nguu za Jadi (novel) by Prof. Clara Momanyi will replace Chozi la Heri by Assumpta K. Matei.
“The commencing and lapsing year implies that the form three class of the given year are life first
and last to study the particular book respectively. The books for the period 2022 — 2026 have a
running footnote on every page stating, “approved by KICD 2021 edition” and “kimeidhinishwa na
KICD toleo la 2021” for English and Kiswahli respectively.
All the new set books have a security tag on the cover which when scratched will reveal a sixteen (16) digit pin number. When the pin number is sent by SMS to 22776 you will receive a message confirming whether the copy is genuine or pirated. This is an important security measure aimed at Ensuring that schools/parents/students have genuine copies with the correct content,” read the statement from the Ministry.
Sam Oduor is the editor-in-chief at the Western Kenya Times who leverages the power of the Internet in telling stories that shape opinions.