The Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) is set to conduct school-based learning assessments for Grades 1 to 3 and Classes 5 to 7 starting Monday 18th January to Friday 22nd January 2021.
According to circular from KNEC CEO Dr. Mercy Karogo, the ultimate goal of the assessments is to identify gaps on learning gaps occasioned by prolonged stay out of school due to Covid-19. In furtherance, the assessments should suggest interventions to be put in place to address the gaps as learners progress through the second and third terms of their academic year.
Pupils in standard 7 will be assessed in all subjects tested Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) that is Mathematics, English, Kiswahili, Science and Social studies.
Those in class 5 and 6 will be assessed in English, Kiswahili, Mathematics and Science.
Learners in grade 1 to 3 will be assessed in Fundamental Literacy and Numeracy capturing English, Kiswahili and Mathematics Activities.
KNEC boss Dr. Mercy Karogo has urged school headteachers and teachers to see to it that integrity of these assessments is upheld. In addition she stated that learners should be provided with a natural environment in order to guard against variables that can affect outcome.
She said: “Please note that the reliability and integrity of the outcome of these assessments rests upon the headteachers and teachers. You are therefore called upon to ensure that learners are provided with a natural environment in order to guard against extraneous variable that could affect their performance.”
As was the case with Grade 4 and Standard 8, administration of the learning assessments will follow the guidelines and assessment schedules provided by KNEC (these can be accessed from the LCBE portal).
Grade 4 and Class 8
Already KNEC has published results forGrade 4 and Standard 8 school-based learning assessments that were conducted in October, 2020 when schools partially reopened.
Schools can access their subject specific results for Standard 8 from the LCBE Portal. Data processing for Grade 4 is progressing well despite delays in uploading of the scores by some of the schools.