Grade 6 learners to start selection of subjects to study in Junior Secondary

Grade 6 learners to start selection of subjects to study in Junior Secondary

Learners in Grade 6 will make selection of subjects they will study in junior secondary schools which comprise of Grade 7, 8 and 9.

The subjects they will select will also determine the kind of junior secondary school they will be placed in January next year.

According to Ministry of Education placement of Grade 6 learners to junior secondary will be determined by a number of factors, one of them is the choices of subjects made.

The Ministry will place Grade 6 learners into Grade 7 depending on day schools offering the optional subjects they selected.

Knec will provide guidelines for selection of the subjects learners will study next year.

The government requires that secondary schools offer at least three of the optional subjects.

It is this selection of optional subjects that will be used to determine which secondary school a child will be posted to.

Grade 6 learners are supposed to chose at least one or a maximum of two optional subjects which will be offered in Grade 7.

Below are the compulsory and optional subjects offered in Grade 7. The Grade 6 learners will choose maximum of two optional subjects which will determine their placement.


Compulsory Subjects

1. English   

2. Kiswahili or Kenyan Sign Language for learners who are deaf         

3. Mathematics       

4. Integrated Science            

5. Health Education               

6. Pre-Technical and Pre-Career Education                  

7. Social Studies      

8. Religious Education – learners choose one of the following:            

a) Christian Religious Education 

b) Islamic Religious Education 

c) Hindu Religious Education

9. Business Studies 1

10 Agriculture 

11. Life Skills Education 

12. Sports and Physical Education

Optional Subjects (Minimum 1, Maximum 2)

1. Visual Arts  

2. Performing Arts  

3. Home Science  

4. Computer Science  

5. Foreign Languages:  

a) German  

b) French  

c) Mandarin  

d) Arabic  

6. Indigenous Languages

7. Kenyan Sign Language  

The Grade 6 learners will sit for their final exams in primary school in November this year before transitioning to junior secondary at Grade 7.

The test known as Kenya Primary School Education Assessment (KPSEA) will start from 28th to 30th November 2022.

The exams which will be in multiple choice questions will start and end same day as KCPE exams.

Knec has already released a timetable for the exams which shows the exams will take three days.

The Grade 6 learners will also have a day for rehearsal which will be on 25th November 2022.

However as KCPE candidates will be joining Form 1 the Grade 6 will be joining junior secondary at Grade 7.


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