Junior Secondary School learners to pursue 12 compulsory subjects according to an announcement by the KICD
According to the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD), students entering junior secondary schools in January will study 14 subjects, 12 of which will be required.
English, Kiswahili, mathematics, integrated science, health education, pre-technical and pre-career, social studies, religious education, business studies, agriculture, life skills education, physical education/sports, and foreign languages are among the 14 subjects listed in the new curriculum design from KICD.
Mathematics, Kiswahili, English, Life Skills, Health Education, Social Studies, Integrated Science, Business Studies, Religious Education, Agriculture, as well as Sports and Physical Education are among the 12 basic courses that will be taught.
A minimum of one and a maximum of two disciplines from the following categories are made available to learners as optional subjects: Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Home Science, Computer Science, Foreign Languages—German, French, Mandarin, Arabic, Kenya Sign Language, and Indigenous Languages.
Pre-technical and pre-career studies, according to KICD, are a subject that aids students in getting ready for technical and engineering studies, as well as career and technology studies.
“This will equip the learner with foundational knowledge, that is a prerequisite to specialise in subjects such as metalwork, woodwork, electricity, aviation technology, building construction, power mechanics, leatherwork, culinary arts, hairdressing and beauty therapy, marine and fisheries, manufacturing and media technology at senior school,” the curriculum design reads.
The curriculum developer indicated that the students will undertake 45 lessons per week, which will be taught for a 40 -minute duration each.
According to KICD, English, and mathematics will have the highest number of hours with each subject having five slots every week.
Integrated Science i.e Biology, Chemistry, and Physics will be taught four times a week alongside Kiswahili.
Business studies, social studies, and agriculture will be taught thrice per week. Religious education, health education and PE/Sports will be taught twice per week while life skills will be taught once a week.