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Tax payers loose billions as books scandal exposed

The free secondary school text book project could be the next mega scandal in Kenya.

The Daily Nation edition of February 2014, elucidates how over supply
of text books by more than 100 per cent in a well orchestrated cartel
by thieving merchants has left schools with no where to store the
excess text books.

Worse still, some of the books are completely irrelevant since some of
the subjects are not even taught in the schools they have been
supplied to.

This new books supply method was supposed to replace the even
corruptly abused system through which schools purchased books from
suppliers based on the recommendations of the Kenya Institute of
Curriculum Development (KICD).

When the idea was mooted, the Government hoped to save more than
Sh.15billion in book procurement and management.

But it now appears that the savings were only but hot air, perpetrated
by well oiled sector players, driven by the ever growing appetite to
steal from the public.

And its not just the Kenyan taxpayers money alone. The donors have
pumped in close to 13.8billion for the Tusome Project that seeks to
improve learning outcomes and the Global Partnership for
Education(GPE).

The Daily Nation expose further says the matter is under investigation
by the EACC to establish culpability.

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