Schools are experiencing challenge in registration of new Grade 6 learners for their final assessment in primary schools.
The pioneer learners under the Competency Based Curriculum (CBC) will sit their final exam in December this year before transiting to junior secondary in grade 7 in January next year.
The Grade 6 learners will sit a national assessment test which will be known as Kenya Primary Education Assessment (KPEA).
According to Knec circular registration for 2022 examinations and assessment started on 27th April, 2022 and will close on 14th May, 2022.
However schools are not doing much of Grade 6 registration but rather confirmation of learners details.
This is because the learners were already registered in Grade 3 where they sat for their first national assessment.
The national assessment in Grade 3 also know as Kenya Early Year Assessment (KEYA) involved mostly practical activities.
The Grade 3, 4 and 5 national assessments courtesy of Knec each carried a total of 20 marks which was submitted to the Knec online portal.
Grade three assessment contributed 20 marks, Grade four 20 marks and Grade five 20 marks as well all adding upto 60 marks.
The grade 6 KPEA final national test will contribute 40 marks to make a total of 100 marks.
Some learners are lacking Grade 3, 4 and 5 assessment score because they were not registered. This is a challenge to some schools though the system allows registration of new Grade 6 learners.
Each learner was issued with an assessment number after being registered in Grade 3 for the first test.
This registration challenge is mostly happening to learners who were to transferred to new schools this term.
Knec already warned parents against transferring their children once they are in Grade six.
This means the learners missing scores for Grade 3, 4 and 5 will only have their final assessment marked out of 40 marks.
The new exam, KPSEA, will be administered under the Competence Based Curriculum (CBC) and will replace the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE).
However unlike in the 8-4-4 system, in this assessment there will be no multiple choices.
Magoha has warned school heads against charging parents for registration of Grade 6, KCPE and KCSE exams.
He said sh 5 billion has been set aside by the government this year for managing those examinations.
“The government has set aside Sh5 billion for this exercise. I want to warn teachers failure to register a student, for whatever reason, is a criminal offence. Further, no one should demand any money to register the students,” Magoha said.
Knec will also train teachers for the national marking exercise of the Grade 6 KPSEA exams.
According to Knec chair John Onsati, Grade 6 exams will be done in November and December this year.
“We want to inform Teachers Service Commission (TSC) that KNEC will be administering the Kenya Primary Education Assessment Grade 6 summative assessment at the end of the year,” said Onsati during the release of the KCSE 2021 results.
Grade six learners will transition to junior secondary at Grade 7 in January next year after sitting their final assessment test.
Below are core and optional subjects learners will study in Grade 7, 8 and 9.
- Kiswahili or Kenyan Sign Language for learners who are deaf
- Integrated Science
- Health Education
- Pre-Technical and Pre-Career Education
- Social Studies
- Religious Education – learners choose one of the following:
- Christian Religious Education
- Islamic Religious Education
- Hindu Religious Education
- Business Studies 1
- Life Skills Education
- Sports and Physical Education
Optional Subjects (Minimum 1, Maximum 2)
- Visual Arts
- Performing Arts
- Home Science
- Computer Science
- Foreign Languages:
- Indigenous Languages
- Kenyan Sign Language
NB: ICT will be a delivery tool for all Subjects