List of new set books 2022-2026

The current set books that are now being phased out have been in play since 2017 in accordance with the set duration of five years. According to the ministry, the texts will be rolled out in April this year for Form Three students while others will be released in January 2023.

The Ministry of Education has unveiled a new set of literature books for English and Kiswahili for the period starting 2022 to 2026 for all secondary schools.

“This is to inform you that the final phase 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 while others are scheduled to commence in January 2023.” read a statement by KICD Director of Quality Assuarance Mary Gaturu to all secondary school heads.

On the Fasihi ya Kiswahili’s Tamthilia category, Bembea by Timothy Moriasi will replace ‘Kigogo’ by Pauline Kea Kyovi. Mapambazuko ya Machweo na Hadithi Nyingine is the Hadithi Fupi that will set in for Tumbo Lisiloshiba na Hadithi Nyingine’ by Aliya Chokocho na Dumu Kayanda. Nguu za Jadi by Prof Clara Momanyi will replace the current ‘Chozi La Heri’ by Assumpta K. Matei

For English Literature, the new compulsory novel will be Fathers of Nations’ by Paul B. Vitta, which replaces Blossoms of the Savanna by Henry Ole Kulet. The compulsory play will be The Samaritan by John Lara, to replace ‘A Doll’s House’ by Henry Ibsen. A Silent Song and Other Stories edited by Godwin Siundu will be the optional anthology of short stories that is set to replace ‘Memories We Lost’ by Chris Wanjala.

Optional novels include; Artist of the Floating World’ by Kazuo Ishiguro, which takes the place of ‘The Pearly’ by John Steinbeck. The optional play that comes in to take the place of David Mulwa’s ‘inheritance’ is A Parliamentary of Owls by Adipo Sidang.

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