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Gov't limits number of lessons lower primary pupils have each day

New guidelines for competency-based curriculum (CBC)

A pre-primary school in Kenya (Twitter)

Teachers Service Commission (TSC) CEO Nancy Macharia has announced new guidelines on lessons under the new competency-based curriculum (CBC).

Macharia announced that pupils in the pre-primary to Grade 3 levels should have only 5 lessons in a day.

She further explained that each lesson should not last longer than 30 minutes.

According to the new curriculum, children in these level will only study language, mathematics, psychomotor/creativity and environment activities which should each have five lessons in a week.


Majority of their time in school will be spent in the psychomotor and creativity classes which will have eight lessons combined; five for the former and three for the latter.

Religious education activities and Pastoral Programme of Instruction (PPI) each have one lesson.

Lower Primary to have only 7 Lessons per Day

Lower primary pupils will have a total of 35 lessons in a week with literacy taking up five lessons a week while English and Kiswahili languages or sign language have three lessons a week.


The pupils will also have three creative activities lessons in a week and five lessons for movement activities.

"All curriculum support officers are required to utilize this information to assist all the heads of primary schools to prepare timetables for this level and allocate teachers trained on CBC implementation to teach," Macharia's circular stated.

TSC County Directors have been instructed to inspect CBC designs in all learning centres within their jurisdiction.


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