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Ministry’s Official Circular On Approved Set Books

Ministry’s Official Circular On Approved Set Books.

RE: APPROVED SECONDARY EDUCATION LITERATURE IN ENGLISH AND FASIHI YA KISWAHILI SET BOOKS FOR 2022 – 2026 

This is to inform you that the final phase of the change of set books for Literature in English and Fasihi ya Kiswahili for Secondary Schools for the period 2022 – 2026 has been finalized.

Some of the texts are to be studied by Form 3 students beginning April 2022 while others are scheduled to commence in January 2023.

The new texts shall be replacing those that have been in place since 2017 as per the circular MOE/QAS/A/5/19/16 (Copy attached).

The duration for the study of set books is five (5) years, the new set books for English and Kiswahili and the ones to be replaced are captured on Tables A and B below respectively: 

A: (i) Literature in English – Compulsory Set Books

TITLE/AUTHORPUBLISHERDURATIONTEXT TO BE REPLACEDPUBLISHER
COMPULSORY NOVE Fathers of Nations by Paul B. Vitta (Approved by KID, 2021 Edition)Oxford University2023-2026Blossoms of the Savannah by Henry Ole KuletLonghorn
COMPULSORY PLAY (Play from the rest of the world) The Samaritan by John Lara (Approved by KICD 2021 Edition)Kenya Literature Bureau2023 -2026A Doll’s House by Henry IbsenEast African Educational Publishers
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A: (ii) Literature in English – Optional Set Books

TITLE/AUTHORPUBLISHERDURATIONTEXT TO BE REPLACEDPUBLISHER
OPTIONAL NOVEL Artist of the Floating Wolrd by Kazuo Ishiguro (Approved by KICD 2021 School Edition)Longhorn Publishers2022-2026The Pearly by John SteinbeckBookmark Africa
ANTHOLOGY OF SHORT STORIES (optional) A Silent Song and Other Stories edited by Godwin Siundu (Approved by KICD 2021 School Edition)Spotlight Publishers (EA) Limited2022-2026Memories We Lost by Chris WanjalaMoran (EA)
OPTIONAL PLAY A Parliament of Owls by Adipo Sidang (Approved by KICD 2021 School Edition)East African Educational Publishers2023-2026Inheritance by David MulwaLonghorn
  1. Fasihi ya Kiswahili – Compulsory Set Books
TITLE/AUTHORPUBLISHERDURATIONTEXT TO BE REPLACEDPUBLISHER
TAMTHILIA Bembea by Dr Timothy Moriasi (Kimeidhinishwa na KICD Toleo la 2021)Publishers2022-2026Kigogo by Pauline Kea KyoviStorymoja
HADITHI FUPI Mapmbazuko ya Machweo na Hadithi Nyigine (Kirneidhinishwa na KICD Toleo la 2021)Mountaintop Publishers2022 – 2026Tumbo Lisiloshiba na Hadithi Nyingine by Alifa Chokocho na Dumu KayandaLonghorn
RIWAYA Nguu za Jadi by Prof. Cara Momanyi(Kimeidhinishwa na KICD Toleo la 2021)Queenex Publishers2023-2026Chozi la Heri by Assumpta K. MateiOne Planet

The commencing and lapsing years imply that the form three classes of the given year are the first and last to study the particular book respectively.

The books for the period 2022-2026 have a running foot note on every page stating, “approved by KICD 2021 edition” and “kimeidhinishwa na KICD toleo la 2021” for English and Kiswahili 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.


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This is an important security measure aimed at ensuring that schools/parents/students have genuine copies with the correct content.

By a copy of this circular, all County Directors of Education are required to ensure that all Sub-County Directors of Education forward this circular to all schools within their jurisdiction as soon as possible. 

Dr. Mary Gaturu, HSCFor: PRINCIPAL SECRETARY

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