Pioneer Grade Seven learners, who began their junior secondary education this week, are studying more subjects compared to their 8-4-4 counterparts in Standard Seven.
Grade seven pupils will take up to twelve subject according to the Ministry of education. This pioneer class will take an additional seven subjects from the previous five in the 8-4-4 system
The students will have two other additional optional subjects which will constitute six lessons per week.
The 12 subjects are; English, mathematics, pre-technical studies, Kiswahili, Integrated Science, Social Studies and Business Studies.
Others are Agriculture, Religious Education (IRE, HRE, CRE), Health Education, Sports and Physical education, and life skills.
According to Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) Chief Executive Officer Charles Ong’ondo, from the additional optional subjects, students will choose a maximum of two out of seven subjects, including visual arts, performing arts, and home science, computer science, a foreign language (German, French, Arabic, Mandarin), Kenyan Sign Language and indigenous language.
The statement by the Ministry stated that the students will have 45 lessons where they will have up to 9 lessons per day with each lasting 40 minutes for five days.