Committee Reveals New National Tests That Will Replace KCPE And KCSE In The 2-6-3-3-3 Curriculum

The Curriculum Implementation committee has confirmed the new national tests that will replace KCPE and KCSE in the new 2-6-3-3-3 curriculum. Details of the Tuesday retreat meeting reveal that both tests will be done in high.

Under the 2-6-3-3-3 education system, learners are expected to study for two years at pre-primary before proceeding to Grade One to Six (three years in lower primary and three in the upper primary). After this, learners will transit to Grades Seven to Nine (junior secondary) before proceeding to Grades 10 to 12 (senior secondary school).

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The committee concluded that government would administer national examinations at the end of Grade Nine and Grade 12 of the CBC. Professor Magoha had earlier on hinted the same last year during a meeting between the ministry of education and the national assembly committee of education.

“As a government, we have decided that there will be an examination after Year Nine and after Year 12,” Magoha told MPs then.

In the absence of national examinations, Grade Six assessment will only be used to gauge children’s understanding of learning areas under the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC).

Grade Nine assessments, which will be done after three years of secondary learning, will be used to place students to senior secondary schools. The test will also guide placement of students to the three pathways as envisioned in the CBC : arts and sports science; social sciences; or science, technology, engineering and mathematics. During the meeting with MPs last year, the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) presented that each senior school learner would make informed decisions with regards to the pathway of choice based on the requisite infrastructure that would ensure the development of the competencies identified in that pathway

Grade 12 examinations will be used to place students to universities and colleges after six years of secondary education.

After being furnished with the advisory report of the committee, the CS will now make a decision on whether the KCPE national examination will be retained and also approve transition proposals to junior secondary schools.

The committee still insisted that there will be no national assessment at the end of grade six, creating confusion when it comes to the criteria for placement of the learners to junior secondary.

According to the report, all Grade Six learners would be transited to the neighboring high schools to start junior secondary education since primary schools have a secondary wing.

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