KNEC new Instructions for project/ practical based subjects KCSE 2019

The Kenya National Examinations Council, KNEC, has released a circular detailedly showing how project/ practical based subjects for this year’s Kenya Certificate of Secondary Exams, KCSE will be executed.

The circular dated 17th January, 2019 the examination council instructs examination centres to download instructions for this year’s projects/ practicals via its official portal at: http://www.knec-portal.ac.ke

The group IV subjects which have a project component include; Art and Design (442/3), Agriculture (443/3), wood work (444/2), Metal Work (445/2), Building Construction (446/2) and Computer Studies (451/3).

Here is the timeline for KNEC group IV subjects 2019:

In order to minimize last minutes rush, the council has introduced two key milestones in project assessment.  The two milestones will be completed by stipulated timelines.

“The projects’ assessment will have two (02) key milestones, which must be completed by March 31st and July 15th, 2019,” said Dr Karogo through a circular.

KNEC has also instructed subject teachers  to upload candidates’ scores and pictorial evidence (portfolio) on the project portal; at the end of each milestone.

This is contrary to past where years where subject teachers uploaded collated students’ scores at the end of the practical/ project period; mostly in September/ October.

“The Pictorial evidence should be photographs of the candidates with their work, in either Graphics Interface Format (.gif) or JPEG (.jpg) format (These two are photograph formats obtained by using a digital Camera). Each candidate’s pictorial evidence should show the candidate’s name and KCSE examination index number,” further instructs Dr. Karogo through a circular.

Through the circular, Ms Karogo warns teachers that the project portal will only open within the stipulated period, after which it will not be accessible. This therefore means that subject teachers will be more careful because once the scores have been keyed in and uploaded, accessibility for any amendment will not be granted.

The Council says it has, in the past, noted that the subject teachers do not key the candidates’ scores as required and KNEC, thus, warns that it will not process and release 2019 KCSE results for candidates whose scores have not been appropriately captured.

Additionally, the council further instructs that the keying of candidates’ scores for KCSE examination papers with Oral and Aural components in French Paper 3 (501/3), Germany Paper 3 (502/3),  Arabic Paper 3 (503/3), Kenya Sign Language Paper 3 (504/3) and Music Paper 1 (511/1) shall be done by assessors after the assessment of the candidate on the examination day.

The registration exercise for KCSE 2019 candidates is underway and it will be concluded on 15th February, 2019.