Knec to administer assessment to primary school children before learning

Knec to administer assessment to primary school children before learning

The Government is planning to administer national assessments for all primary children when schools reopen, to evaluate their understanding following several months of closure.

The Saturday Standard has established that the Kenya National Examinations Council (Knec) is already developing assessment tools that will be sent to schools to gauge learners’ entry behaviour before learning takes off.

All assessments will be done in schools where teachers will mark and upload the scores onto the Knec portal.

Schools have remained shut since March when the first Covid-19 case was reported in the country and Cabinet Secretary for Education George Magoha has been accused of giving mixed signals about their reopening.

Yesterday the CS said that teachers should start preparing to report to their schools as the ministry prepares to receive the report on Monday from a taskforce established earlier this week to look at preparedness of learning institutions.

Addressing the media after assessing the preparedness of Mawego Technical Training Institute in Homabay County, the CS said that from his personal observation, Covid-19 curve has started to flatten.

“From what I have observed, the curve is flattening and as a ministry we are in the process of relooking at our systems so that to get prepared.

The report for technical and vocational institutions is ready and on Monday we will wait to receive the other reports from the taskforce and take them to another level for consideration before a concrete decision can be made,” Prof Magoha said.

“Teachers can start to prepare to report back to their schools to make them habitable before students report. And at that time, we will have phased re-opening with priority given to exam classes. In fact technical colleges are likely to re-open soon,” he said.

However, the CS said the ministry will look at the quality assurance report and make a decision on merit.


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