More than 5 Exams to Be Administered within second Term’s 9 weeks
It is now clear that primary school teachers will administer more than four exams this term.
Being a short term, pressure has been mounted on both teachers and students to complete the syllabus within the right time and also to administer all the exams.
In less than nine weeks, the Competency Based Curriculum and 8-4-4 students are expected to sit almost three exams.
According to the timetables released by the Kenya National Examinations Council, Grades 3, 4 and 5 learners will sit their exams from July 18.
“Schools will be able to access Grade 4, 5 and 6 practical subjects from July 18 to August 15, and should be uploaded by September 16,” the timetable reads.
The assessment areas for the learners will be agriculture, art and craft, music and social studies, home science, physical and health education and science and technology.
Two weeks after completion of grade 4,5,6 practical tests, teachers will be expected to administer written tests to Grade 6 learners between August 29 and September 9.
This will be the final assessment given to Grade 6 learners prior to their Kenya Primary School Education Assessment in November.
During the same time, learners in the 8-4-4 system should have sat three exams before they close on September 17.
“In third term, Grade 3 learners will sit written tests in mathematics and English activities,” reads the timetable.
Special needs education at the foundation level will be tested in activities of daily living, communication and pre-literacy skills from October 30 to November 11.
“Learners at the intermediate level in SNE will also be assessed during the same time and results uploaded by November 24,” the timetable reads.
Submission of other assessments before November 28 is meant to allow for smooth administration of KPSEA.
During the same period, Grade 4 and 5 will sit written tests in all 12 subjects.
These are mathematics, English, Kiswahili, agriculture, home science, Kenyan sign language, science and technology.
Others are physical and health education, social studies, art and craft, Christian/ Islamic/ Hindu religious education.
The timetable, which was signed by KNEC chief executive officer David Njengere also directed that the assessments be downloaded as they appear on the portal.
“Assessment tools with coloured images should be printed in colour or loaded on the digital devices available in school,” Njengere said.
He said students will then be expected to answer the questions in separate answer sheets such as exercise books.
A sample of answer sheets for the KPSEA seen by the Star has revealed that there are multiple choices.
Students are expected to fill in the school code number, assessment number, candidate name and school.
From four multiple choices, they are instructed to cross one of the options to indicate the answer.
The pioneer cohort of CBC, currently in Grade 6, is expected to join junior secondary next year.
According to the ministry, 2.57 million students will be enrolled for Grade 7 and Form 1 during the double intake in January.