The grade 5 pupils will be back to school next week after three months of holiday. This is the pioneer class that is studying under the Competency-based Curriculum.
According to the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development chief executive Charles Ong'ondo said to the Star that preparations have been made to ensure there is a smooth transition.
Speaking to the star, the chief executive said that they are through with training teachers and distributing textbooks to be used. He said they are ready for roll-out.
The grade 5 is supposed to accommodate learners of ages 9 and 10. They are expected to undergo 12 compulsory subjects. These subjects are Mathematics, Kiswahili, English, Science and Technology, Christian or Islamic religion, Social Studies, Agriculture, Home Science, Art and Craft, Music and Physical Health Education.
Lawrence Njagi the chairman of Kenya Publishers Association said that the government has given contract to 9 publishers to produce over 14 million textbooks.
However the distribution in Mandera, Garissa, Wajir, Lamu and Turkana has not been completed because of insecurity. Lawrence said that 70 per cent of the distribution in these counties has been done.
The learners will miss out on foreign language such as Arabic, French and Mandarin. Further interview with the teachers pointed out that there will be challenges in implementing the practical subjects. One teacher who spoke to the star (name has been hidden for security reasons) said that the government has not provided materials required for practical subjects.
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