Ministry of Education Presser on time allocation for learning areas in the implementation of the new Curriculum

Education PS, Belio Kipsang
Education PS, Belio Kipsang

Ahead of the roll out of the new Competency Based Curriculum, tomorrow, the Ministry of education has given guidelines on how the curriculum will be implemented. The Principal Secretary to the Education Ministry, Dr Belio kipsang, has today released a circular to all Regional Coordinators of education, county and Sub- county Directors of Education detailing on how the new curriculum is to be implemented.

Here is the Circular by Dr. Kipsang dated 2nd January, 2019:


As you are aware the 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 in 2018.

Following the evaluation of the progress, it has been decided that the CBC be rolled out in all schools in Pre-Primary 1 and 2 as well as in Grades 1,2 and 3 in January, 2019. You are also informed that the Ministry will be distributing CBC materials (textbooks) in all the Public primary schools starting January 2019.

In view of the above, all schools are hereby advised to make time tables and implement the CBC as follows:

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

(a). Pre- primary

1.Language Activities5
2.Mathematical Activities5
3. Environmental Activities5
4. Psycho-motor and Creative Activities 8 (5 lessons for
Psycho-motor activities and 3 lessons for creative activities)
5.Religious Education Activities1
6.Pastoral Education Activities1
Total number of lessons25

(b). Lower Primary (Grade 1 to 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

(c) 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

By a copy of this letter, every Head Teacher should ensure that copies of the CBC curriculum designs in each learning area are availed to teachers.

Ensure that all schools within your jurisdiction receive this information.”

Dr. Belio kipsang, Principal Secretary.


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