EACC to name top officials in Ministry of Education textbook scam

Investigations at the Ministry were done between 2017 and 2018

Education CS Amina Mohamed during a past KICD open day (twitter)

The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) will name the top Ministry of Education officials who were involved in a Sh 10 billion textbook scam.

According to EACC, free primary education (FPE) funds were disbursed to the procurement department for the purchase of the books but they were not bought.

The details of the scam are contained in a report prepared by the anti-corruption body where the Amina Mohamed-led ministry is said to be receiving over Sh 21 billion annually for the purchase of books.

Multibillion Projects in Education

Currently, the Ministry is running the Tusome Project in Class One and Two which costs Sh 5 billion.

The children are issued with Swahili and English workbooks that are designed to improve learning outcomes among the pupils.

The Ministry is also running a Sh 8.8 billion school improvement project funded by Global Partnership for Education (GPE) - World Bank - that aims to boost the performance of 4,000 schools that recorded a 243 mean score in the KCPE.

The National Government took over the textbook projects early this year after rampant corruption and claimed to have saved taxpayers a Sh 13.8 million.

The exposé may be the first order of duty newly appointed EACC CEO Twalib Mbarak will oversee.


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