Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development – KICD
The Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development is the successor of the Kenya Institute of Education and has the national mandate to conduct educational research and prepare curriculum and syllabuses for pre-primary, primary, secondary educations, post school technical and vocational education, special education, teacher education, business education, adult education and continuing education.
The institute dates back to 1957 when the colonial government set up an English special centre to advise and to develop materials for teaching of English language. By 1965 centres for teaching of mathematics and sciences had also been established. These centres operated differently of each other until 1966 when they were merged to form the Curriculum Development and Research Centre.
KIE was started in 1964 to coordinate teacher education and in 1968 it was merged with the Curriculum Development and Research Centre and given the legal basis through the Education Act. It was given the mandate to conduct educational research and oversee the development of relevant curriculum and curriculum support materials for use in all levels of education and training in Kenya except the university.
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In 2013, the Kenya Institute of Education Order, 2010 was effectively replaced by the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development Act and the institute was renamed the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development and its mandate expanded. It ensures that quality and relevant curriculum for education and training is provided.
Together with the Directorate of Quality Assurance and Standards, KICD coordinates the evaluation of textbooks and other instructional materials for school use. The institute is also empowered to produce and sell copyright of educational materials, digital content, videos, cassettes and school broadcasting as part of its income generating activities.