Grade 4 and 5 learners will sit for their School Based Assessment (SBA) written tests this month of November.
The exams according to a circular that was released by Knec in June will cover thirteen learning areas (subjects) for Grade 4 and 5.
The thirteen subjects are; i) Mathematics ii) English iii) Kiswahili iv) Kenyan Sign Language v) Science & Technology vi) Physical and Health Education vii) Agriculture viii) Home Science ix) Social Studies x) Art and Craft xi) Christian Religious Education (CRE) xii) Islamic Religious Education (IRE) xiii) Hindu Religious Education (HRE).
However the examiner said the test will be combined to have only five exam papers.
Integrated Sciences (IS) will combine science and technology and will cover Home Science, Agriculture, and Physical Health while Creative Art and Social Sciences (CASS) will combine Art and Craft, Music, Social Studies and religious education (CRE, IRE and HRE).
The exams will cover both regular learners and those with special needs.
On Sunday 30th November Knec made available some of the exam papers on its online platform for schools to download.
Both public and private schools will be required to download the tests from 30th October to 11th November 2022 which is the period when the exams will still be available for access on the Knec portal.
After downloading schools are required to administer the tests, mark them and upload the scores on the Knec platform by 24th November 2022.
According to Knec primary school results will be determined by the School Based Assessment (SBA), which is done every year in the upper primary classes and the five subject summative national examination done in Grade 6.
The learners will have a 60 per cent of the score coming from SBA spread over Grade Four, Five and Six and 40 per cent from the summative report.
Grade 3, 4 and 5 also did their practicals and project work which lasted till early September.
In the written tests, Grade 3 learners will also sit for two subjects. Mathematics and English activities.
Grade 6 learners already did their projects and their written tests which were marked and results sent to Knec. The learners are now waiting for their final exams, KPSEA, in November.
Parents have raised concern over the validity of the tests which many time are found being shared recklessly on social media sites especially Whatsapp.
They say its easier for the papers to get to the learners early before the assessment period hence making the outcome invalid.