CBC (Competency Based Curriculum)

At Earlybird, we foster critical and creative thinking and collaborative problem solving through a robust curriculum delivered by engaging and dedicated educators.


C.B.C is the new education framework that commenced in January 2019 to replace the old 8-4-4 system of education which commenced in 1985.

At the moment, C.B.C has covered from Pre-Primary 1 to Grade 5 and will fully be implemented in all grades by 2028.

Duration of C.B.C.
The C.B.C is denoted by, meaning two years in pre-primary, six years in primary, six in secondary school, and finally three years in higher education. CBC is designed to start at Pre-Primary when the child is four (4) years and ends at grade twelve (12) when the child is 17 years.
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Difference between 8.4.4 and C.B.C.

8.4.4 C.B.C.
Focuses on teaching.
Focuses on practical learning.
Focuses on memorisation of content.
Focuses on application of knowledge acquired.
Focuses on academic achievement.
Focuses not only on academic achievement but also on skills development and nurturing values.
Focuses on examination and results.
Focuses on what the learner is expected to achieve and provision of feedback on learners progress.
Focuses on competition.
Focuses on collaboration.
Not all learners transited to the next level.
Facilitates smooth transition for all learners.
Less emphasis on talent and career progression.
More emphasis on talent identification and career development.
Less parental engagement in learning.
More parental empowerment and engagement.
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Parental involvement in C.B.C.

As parents, the following are general roles to support the learning of your child in C.B.C.:

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Learning C.B.C. style

P.P.1 and P.P.2 Subjects

Subjects covered in Pre primary 1 and Pre Primary 2 (P.P.1 & P.P.2)

Learners will mostly learn from activities other than theory.

They will also be engaged in digital literacy and they cover the content in the following subjects.

C.B.C. Grade 1, 2 and 3 Subjects

After two years in pre-primary, learners will join lower primary. This will include grade 1, grade 2, and grade3. The minimum age to join grade one is 6 years.

Subjects will be as follows:

C.B.C. Grade 4, 5 and 6 Subjects

Three years after Lower Primary learners will join upper primary as part of middle school. This will include grade 4, grade 5, and grade 6. At this level, learners will have a broad curriculum and they will be given an opportunity for experimentation & exploration.

In addition to the integration of ICT in the subjects, learners will also have a pastoral program which will be conducted once per week.

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C.B.C. Grade 7, 8 and 9 subjects

Grade 7, 8, and 9 will be under the Junior Secondary School. Junior Secondary will expose the learners to a wide-based curriculum to allow them to discover their own capabilities, character, and potential

Learners will choose subjects as per their interests and career paths as they join senior secondary. At this level, learners will also be involved in career guidance to enable them to make informed career decisions as they prepare to join Senior Secondary.

Core Subjects
Learners will be obligated to take the twelve core subjects as indicated below:
Optional Subjects
Learners will select a minimum of one and a maximum of two subjects according to character, skills, interests, and career selections from the list below.
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C.B.C. Grade 10,11 and 12 subjects

This level will include grade 10, grade 11, and grade 12. Students in these grades will mostly be between 15 to 17 years. It will give training that will lay the foundation for further education at the higher level. The senior secondary will mark the close of Basic Education. At the end of this level, learners are expected to be “empowered and principled citizens” who are prepared to contribute to the socio-economic growth of the nation.

As they enter senior secondary learners will have had the chance at lower secondary to explore their abilities and hence will be ready to specialize in their own career path. This means that they will choose studies in Social science, Art and Sports science or Science, Technical, Engineering, and Mathematics.

Since senior schools are expected to make informed choices in respect to their career, the schools will therefore offer training based on the vital infrastructure that would safeguard the growth of the capabilities identified in that career pathway.

The 3 career pathways are:
Senior secondary schools will also decide to offer one or more pathways depending on the resources to get the needed infrastructure.
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Education for learners with special needs

C.B.C is an all inclusive curriculum and where no learners will be left behind including those with Special Needs and those who exceed expectations such as the Gifted and Talented. C.B.C will be able to incorporate learners with special needs such as:

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