Implementation of new CBC kicks off; learning areas and Lessons per week

The ministry of education has given out guidelines on how the new curriculum is set to be implemented starting 3rd Thursday, 2019.

Through a circular sent to Regional Coordinators of education, county and Sub- county Directors of Education the education PS has detailedly revealed how the new curriculum will be implemented.

Last year 2018, Ministry of Education conducted the National Pilot on Competency Based Curriculum in all the schools in the country in pre-primary 1 and 2, as well as in Grades 1 and 2. This year the ministry will kick of the implementation of the CBC.

The CBC will be rolled out in all schools in Pre-Primary 1 and 2 as well as in Grades 1,2 and 3  immediately the schools reopen for new term 3rd January 2019.

According to Dr. Kipsang, the Ministry will distribute CBC materials (textbooks) in all Public primary schools starting January 2019.

All schools are expected to allow the smooth roll out of the new CBC by preparing the time table as follows;

  • Each lesson shall be 30 minutes,
  • There shall be five (5) lessons in a day in Pre-Primary and seven (7) for Grade 1 to 3.
  • distribution of lessons in each learning area are as follows:

1. Pre-Primary

1. Language Activities 5
2. Mathematical Activities 5
3. Environmental Activities 5
4. Psycho-motor and Creative Activities 8 (5 lessons for
Psycho-motor activities and 3 lessons for creative activities)
5. Religious Education Activities 1
6. Pastoral Education Activities 1
Total number of lessons 25


2. Lower Primary (Grade 1, Grade 2 and Grade 3)

Learning Area Lessons per week
1. Literacy activities 5
2. Kiswahili Language Activities/ Kenya Sign Language 3
3. English Language activities 3
4. Mathematical Activities 5
5. Environmental Activities 5
6. Hygiene and nutrition Activities 2
7. Religious Activities 3
8. Movement and creative Activities 8 (3 lessons for creative activities and 5 for movement activities)
9. Pastoral Programme of instruction 1
Total number of Lessons 35


3. Foundation Level for Special Needs Education (SNE)

Learning Area Lessons Per week
1. Communication, social skills and Pre- literacy 5
2. Activities of Daily Living skills and Religious Activities 5
3. Sensory integration, Psychomotor and creative activities 5
4. Pre- numeracy Activities 2
5. Orientation and mobility skills 3
Total number of lessons 20