Under the Competency-Based Curriculum, Junior Secondary Education will take three years and include 12 core subjects and seven optional subjects approved by Ministry of education.
1) compulsory subjects:
- Social Studies,
- Religious Education,
- Business studies,
- Life Skills Education,
- Sports and Physical Education,
- Integrated Science,
- Health Education,
- Pre-Technical and Pre-Career Education.
2) Optional subjects:
- Visual Arts,
- Performing Arts,
- Home Science,
- Computer Science,
- Foreign languages,
- Indigenous languages,
- Kenya Sign Language.
It is worth noting that Pre-Technical and Pre-Career Education aim to instill technical skills for specific tasks and enable learners to make informed career choices.
In Nigeria, the Junior Secondary School Subjects include Mathematics, English Language, a Nigerian Language (Yoruba), Basic Science, Social Studies, and Fine Arts.
Criteria Of Ranking
Learners in junior secondary will be judged on four levels of achievement.
- Top archivers (those who do better than expected) will be given a Level 4 grade,
- Level 3 grade for meeting expectations,
- Level 2 grade for getting close to expectations, and
- Level 1 grade for falling short of expectations.
“Level 1 means that the learner has trouble showing proficiency in the task in terms of technical skills, originality, creativity, and initiative and needs the right help,” said Belio Kipsang in guidelines for the roll-out of junior secondary.
The pupils’ test will be run by the Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC).