Grade 6 learners can transfer to a different school to join at Grade 7 under junior secondary school after receiving their Kenya Primary School Education Assessment (KPSEA) results.
Parents of the Grade 6 learners can use the KPSEA report they will be issued with later this month to seek admission to a different school.
The Kenya National Examinations Council (Knec) chief executive officer David Njeng’ere announced that the KPSEA candidates will receive their reports by January 16, 2023.
Njengere said the learners will get individual reports which will be uploaded on school portals.
He said each school will receive a specific report that alienates areas where the learners were having problems so that they can continue in the journey of improvement.
A total of 1,287,597 candidates sat for the KPSEA examination and the Knec boss said the school-specific report whose scope will be limited to the individual schools.
“The learners will get individual learner reports and all these are going to be uploaded on school portals by January 2023,” said Mr Njeng’ere.
He, however, said the KPSEA will not be used for placement of learners to the junior secondary schools but for monitoring their progress.
He said Knec will report on KPSEA on three levels including report on individual learners for the summative assessment, a school-specific report and a national report on school-based and summative assessment.
The national report will provide feedback to education stakeholders on areas that require interventions.
The report will also indicate the proportion of learners at each of the performance levels per subject where perhaps we need to do some interventions.
“This year has been an extremely challenging one for KNEC as they have to deliver four exams in one year. it has never happened before,” said Njengere.
Initially Knec made it difficult for learners to transfer once they were in Grade 4 and 5.
A document by the Knec spells that under the Competency Based Curriculum (CBC) school transfers will only be admissible to learners in between Grade 1 and 5.
Upon reaching Grade 4 and 5, learners will be required to go to the sub-county director of education should they seek a transfer.
Learners will also need a special assessment number issued by KNEC when they finish Grade 3.
This number will be used to facilitate the assessment of the learners that begins in Grade 4.
The assessment number will be consistent throughout their education and will be used by KNEC in recording the learners’ assessment progress.
This means that should a learner opts to transfer from one school to the other, they will have to retain the assessment number.
Those seeking transfers under CBC at that level—Grade 4 and 5—assessment number will be used to facilitate the transfer process.
The school where the learner was, will receive the transfer request online and click Accept/decline button.
A learner will be transferred to the new school upon acceptance by the headteacher.
“Learners not in the KNEC system at Grade 4 and 5 can be registered by both the sub-county director of education and the headteacher,” the document reads.
Under CBC, assessment will be in Grade 4, 5 and 6.
The Presidential Working Party on Education Reform (PWPER) said the Grade 6 KPSEA will not be used for placement in Junior Secondary School.
Instead, it will be used as an assessment to monitor learning progress and provide feedback to education sector players on areas that require intervention.
The taskforce said junior secondary schools – Grade 7, Grade 8 and Grade 9 – will be domiciled in the existing primary schools. It said the Ministry of Education will provide the necessary guidelines on how this will be done.
The team said an extra classroom and laboratory will be built in every primary school. The construction of laboratories will be given priority within this year.
The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) is recruiting 30,550 teachers for junior secondary. TSC has advertised 21,550 posts for Teacher Interns in Junior Secondary Schools and 9,000 posts on Permanent and Pensionable Terms of Service for Secondary School Teachers to be posted to Junior Secondary Schools.