The Kenya National Examinations Council (Knec) has ordered public and private schools to ensure all grade 3, 4 and 5 assessment scores are uploaded to the online portal by given timelines.
Speaking from Nairobi, David Njengere, Knec CEO says for Ministry of Education to get meaningful feedback that can guide making the necessary interventions in the education system, there is a need for periodical national assessment at the critical tiers in the education system.
He further ordered school heads to ensure the materials used in performing the assessment tasks are obtained from the immediate school environment or improvised as much as possible.
He said a national assessment centre has since been established at Knec, which has been conducting various formative national assessments.
Njengere said the assessment objectives are to: improve learning and instruction, facilitate identification and nurturing of every learner’s potential, facilitate selection of pathways and track in senior secondary schools, provide assessment feedback to learners and other stakeholders, and provide evidence as a basis for the accountability of teachers, school administrators and other stakeholders.
“Learners, will be assessed in Early Years Education in Grade 3, Middle Years Education in Grade 6, Lower secondary education in Grade 9 and Senior school education in grade 12,” said Njengere.
He explained that an assessment provides large-scale feedback on learning outcomes at the formative stages for decision making while an examination is a summative assessment given for individual achievement, selection and placement.
The examiner has also ordered school headteachers to keep all records generated from the assessments.
Through a circular dated 25th October 2021, Knec had announced its plan to administer Competency Based Assessment (CBA) to grade 3, 4 and 5 learners.
Knec said it will upload Monitoring Learners Progress (MLP) assessment tools for Grades 3 and Foundation level for Special Needs Education (SNE).
Knec also said it will upload school based assessment tools for Grades 4, 5 and Intermediate level for Special Needs Education (SNE).
The examiner instructed schools to download the assessment tools and instructions for Grade 3, 4 and 5 then administer, score and upload the assessment outcomes on the KNEC portal by 17th December.
For grade 3 the assessment scores for the integrated learning areas are to be uploaded while grade 4 and 5 its the practical and project based assessment scores.
Grade 3 will have there Mathematics and English assessment tools for regular leaners and those with special needs uploaded on the portal on 29th January 2022 when schools resume for term three.
Schools will administer the assessments between 31st January and 4th February 2022 and will upload the scores on Knec portal by 21st February 2022.
For grade 4 and 5 regular learners will have the following assessment areas administered in theory in term three;
4. Kenyan Sign Language
5. Science and Technology
8. Art and Craft
9. Social Studies
10. Christian Religious Education (CRE)
11. Islamic Religious Education (IRE)
12. Hindu Religious Education (HRE)
13) Home Science
14) Physical and Health Education
The assessments will be administered between 31st January and 4th February 2022. Schools will have till 21st February to ensure the assessment scores have been uploaded on Knec portal.
Knec CEO David Njengere directed schools to access the assessment portal using the link https://cba.knec.ac.ke. Most schools are yet to put their assessment scores online.
GRADE 4 AND 5 ASSESSMENT PROJECTS AND PRACTICALS IN PICTURES