Nandi County on Monday signed a memorandum of understanding (M.O.U) with book publisher Kenya Literature Bureau (KLB) to supply approved textbooks to all Early Childhood Development centres and polytechnics in the county.
The books deal will see the publisher supply Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD)approved instructional materials to a total 800 pre-school centres and 13 youth polytechnics in Nandi.
Speaking at his office in Kapsabet after penning the partnership agreement, Governor Sang said the County opted for the direct tender with the publisher to cut short bottlenecks encountered during procurement that often result in delays in provision of services to counties by merchants.
Governor Sang said he was confident the initiative will allow children in pre-school centres and learners in vocational training centres to enjoy the benefit of getting access to quality learning materials.
KLB Managing Director Victor Lomaria said the partnership is a boon to the book industry because it will enable the publisher supply quality and cost effective books hence deal a body blow to piracy in the industry.
Pirates have for long bedeviled the book industry in the country and led to government losing revenue in unpaid taxes while authors are denied royalties, said Lomaria.
The MD said the publisher will cascade the national government book reform policy to the County which he said involves ensuring a one-to-one learner to book ratio to curb the hitherto practice where several learners have been sharing a single text book between them.
He said the partnership will in addition enable Nandi County benefit from quality printing services from the publisher in what he described as deepening government to government business relations.
According to the deal KLB has been contracted to supply textbooks for all seven subjects taught at ECD level and instructional materials for artisan courses in the youth polytechnics.
Source: Kenya News Agency