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The Kenya National Examinations Council (Knec) says it will upload the Competency Based Assessment (CBA) tools on the KNEC Portal which schools should access and administer starting 31st January.

The assessment tests will cover Grades 3, 4 and 5 and will involve written tests provided by the examiner.

Already the three classes did their practicals and project based assessments last term. Grade 3, 4 and 5 practicals and projects were administered between 29th October and 10th December 2021.

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Schools were required to administer, score and upload the scores to the Knec portal by 17th December 2021.

Through a circular Knec said it will upload Monitoring Learners Progress (MLP) assessment tools for Grades 3 and Foundation level for Special Needs Education (SNE).

Knec also said it will upload School based assessment tools for Grades 4, 5 and Intermediate level for Special Needs Education (SNE).’

Knec had ordered schools to use locally available materials in carrying out the practicals so as not to burden parents.

Some parents have also raised complaints that schools are overcharging them for the Knec assessments and practicals.

“The materials required for performing the assessment tasks should be obtained from the immediate school environment or improvised as much as is possible,” said Knec CEO David Njengere.

Schools were expected to download the assessment tools and instructions then administer, score and upload the assessment outcomes on the KNEC portal.

However most schools had problem beating the set deadline for uploading scores due to poor Knec servers that made uploading nearly impossible.

Grade 3 will have there Mathematics and English assessment tools for regular leaners and those with special needs uploaded on the portal on 29th January 2022.

Schools will administer the assessments between 31st January and 4th February 2022 and will upload the scores on Knec portal by 21st February 2022.

For grade 4 and 5 regular learners will have the following assessment areas administered in. theory end ofJanuary:

1.Mathematics

2.English

3.Kiswahili

4.Kenyan Sign Language

6.Agriculture

7.Music

8.Art and Craft

  1. Social Studies
  2. Christian Religious Education (CRE)
  3. Islamic Religious Education (IRE)
  4. Hindu Religious Education (HRE)

13) Home Science

14)Physical and Health Education

The assessments will be administered between 31st January and 4th February 2022. Schools will have till 21st February to ensure the assessment scores have been uploaded on Knec portal.

To access the assessment portal, Headteachers are required to login onto the CBA portal: https://cba.knec.ac.ke using their school Knec centre code as username and password.

Knec also ordered school headteachers to keep all records generated from the assessments.

David Njengere, Knec CEO, says for Ministry of Education to get meaningful feedback that can

guide making the necessary interventions in the education system, there is a need for periodical

national assessment at the critical tiers in the education system.

He said a national assessment centre has since been established at Knec, which has been conducting various formative national assessments.

Njengere said the assessment objectives are to: improve learning and instruction, facilitate identification and nurturing of every learner’s potential, facilitate selection of pathways and track in senior secondary schools, provide assessment feedback to learners and other stakeholders, and provide evidence as a basis for the accountability of teachers, school administrators and other stakeholders.

“Learners, will be assessed in Early Years Education in Grade 3, Middle Years Education in Grade 6, Lower secondary education in Grade 9 and Senior school education in grade 12,” said Njengere.

He explained that an assessment provides large-scale feedback on learning outcomes at the formative stages for decision making while an examination is a summative assessment given for individual achievement, selection and placement.

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