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Chemistry as a subject is introduced to the learners for the first time at secondary school level. The knowledge of chemistry is necessary in the understanding of the composition, properties and behaviour changes of matter that form the environment around us.

 This syllabus presents chemistry as a practical subject where scientific concepts, principles and skills are developed through experimental investigations. The learning of scientific knowledge by discovery method is encouraged. The topics and content have been carefully selected and logically organised to facilitate step by step realization of the expected behavioural changes. The specific objectives in every topic will guide the teacher and the learner on the depth of treatment of content. The learning/teaching experiences have been appropriately chosen to ensure proper development of the cognitive, psychomotor and affective skills.

 The syllabus emphasises the use of International Units for Physical and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) system of nomenclature, correct use of chemical terminologies and equations.

 There are applications and projects at the end of most of the topics to enable the learners link the subject with the physical environment around them. The learners would use the opportunities to interact with the physical and chemical processes, which take place within the local environment. The projects are meant to enhance creativity, critical thinking and ability to make logical decisions. The projects also make the learners aware of the effect of scientific knowledge in everyday life and thus able to appreciate their responsibility to the society

 The projects given are only examples. Teachers can come up with their own. The learners are also encouraged to initiate their own projects based on the scientific principles so far learnt. This creates interest, curiosity and fun in the learning of the subject.

Most of the apparatus, chemicals and equipment required for carrying out experiments are basic and by most schools. Improvisation and use of local materials is encouraged where necessary to cut down on costs.

 The suggested time is only a guide on how long each topic is expected to take.