A total of 1,282,574 candidates who sat the 2023 Kenya Primary School Education Assessment (KPSEA) exams can now sigh with relief.
This is after the Kenya National Examinations Council (Knec) released their results in report form today.
The former Grade 6 learners had waited for the results which were not forthcoming. They had to transition without results to junior school at Grade 7 when schools reopened last week.
However Knec has now released the results for the learners who sat for the KPSEA exams in November last year.
Schools will download and print the results which will be in certificate form and issue them to parents and the candidates at no cost.
The KPSEA candidates did five subjects; Mathematics, English, Kiswahili, Integrated Science and Social Studies and Creative Arts.
Integrated Science was one paper that combined Science and Technology, Agriculture, Home Science and Physical Health and Education.
Social Studies and Creative Arts was also one paper that combined Social Studies, religious studies (CRE/IRE/HRE), Art and Craft and Music.
However the assessment lacked creative writing i.e, English Composition and Kiswahili Insha which were done by KCPE candidates.
This is a major concern by teachers who question why the papers are left out yet creative writing is being taught in schools.
Around 1,415,315 candidates sat for the KCPE exams while a total of 1,282,574 candidates did KPSEA.
All the KPSEA candidates transitioned to junior secondary at Grade seven. Parents can use the KPSEA results to transfer their children to another junior school.
All the KPSEA transcripts were marked electronically using special machines.
The marking of multiple-choice questions (transcripts) was done by the modern Optical Mark Recognition (OMR) which electronically scored the papers.
The OMR captures marked data from candidates’ answer sheets using specialised scanning.
The machines work with a dedicated scanning device that shines a beam of light on the paper.
The contrasting reflection at predetermined positions on a page is used to detect marked areas as they reflect less light than the blank areas of the paper.
With the new machines, scripts are marked in batches of 100 and 200 sheets, unlike the previous technology, which took hours.
KNEC CEO David Njeng’ere had said that KPSEA results would be issued in a report form.
“The learners will get individual reports and all these are going to be uploaded on the school portal,” Njeng’ere had stated.
He clarified that the results would not be used to place candidates in junior secondary schools but to monitor learner progress.
The KNEC Chief added that the examination body would release three reports on KPSEA: individual, school-specific and national level.
“The national report will provide feedback to educational stakeholders on areas that require intervention. It will indicate the proportion of learners at each performance level per subject where we need to do interventions,”
“Each school will receive specific reports that will delineate the areas that learners had challenges so that they can continue in the journey of improvement,” he explained.
Njeng’ere maintained that the national report will be shared with the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD).
Already the results for the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) and the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) were released to the public.
Around 2,000 learners who did not sit the KCPE exams in November 2023 also joined Form one.
During the release of the 2023 KCPE results, Education CS Ezekiel Machogu said 9,354 learners did not sit the KCPE exam and noted that they would be given supplementary tests this January.
Machogu said only 2,000 candidates had been traced and noted that they would be allowed to join For One.
According to official school calendar by Ministry of Education, Primary and secondary school reopened on 8th January 2023.
Form one and Grade seven learners started to report on 15th January 2023.
CS Machogu issued the following instructions guiding how Grade seven and eight learners will be implemented.
1) All the 1,282,574 candidates who sat the 2023 Kenya Primary Schools Education Assessment be allowed to join Grade 7 in the Junior Secondary Schools hosted by their respective primary schools where they attended Grade 1-6.
2) Grade 7 learners utilise the classrooms that were used by the current Grade 8 learners in 2023.
3) Grade 7 learners be allowed to attend school in uniforms that they used while in Grade 6 in 2023 as parents and guardians make efforts to buy new outfits for the JSS.
4) Grade 8 learners utilise the classrooms left vacant by the last cohort of the Standard 8 candidates who sat the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education Examination in 2023.
5) Schools must desist from asking parents to construct new classrooms for the current Grade 8 candidates.