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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 Activities5
2.Mathematical Activities5
3.Environmental Activities5
4.Psycho-motor and Creative Activities8 (5 lessons for
Psycho-motor activities and 3 lessons for creative activities)
5.Religious Education Activities1
6.Pastoral Education Activities1
Total number of lessons25


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

Learning AreaLessons per week
1.Literacy activities5
2.Kiswahili Language Activities/ Kenya Sign Language3
3.English Language activities3
4.Mathematical Activities5
5.Environmental Activities5
6.Hygiene and nutrition Activities2
7.Religious Activities3
8.Movement and creative Activities8 (3 lessons for creative activities and 5 for movement activities)
9.Pastoral Programme of instruction1
Total number of Lessons35


3. Foundation Level for Special Needs Education (SNE)

Learning AreaLessons Per week
1.Communication, social skills and Pre- literacy5
2.Activities of Daily Living skills and Religious Activities5
3.Sensory integration, Psychomotor and creative activities5
4.Pre- numeracy Activities2
5.Orientation and mobility skills3
Total number of lessons20

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