Multiple Choice Exams For Grade 6 KPSEA Ready: KNEC
The Kenya National Examination Council (Knec) CEO David Njengere yesterday dispelled fears among candidates and parents that the assessment format has been changed from the original plan under the Competence Based Curriculum (CBC).
“The assessments have already been set and are ready for administration. Nothing has been changed in the format as this is the first final assessment under the CBC,” confirmed Dr Njengere.
According to Njengere, KPSEA follows the Basic Education Curriculum Framework guidelines released in 2019 by the Ministry of Education to guide national assessments under the curriculum. The framework was developed by the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD).
Grades Three, Four, Five and part of Grade Six exams will be formative. At the end of Grade Six however, learners will sit for a summative assessment.
“The learners in Grade Six have already done the formative assessments. They are scheduled to sit for the summative assessment at the end of the year, which basically will be multiple choices,” said Njengere.
The CBC taskforce report had earlier stated that the assessments in schools will be both formative and summative.
At lower primary schools, the assessments are mainly formative, meaning teachers in Grades One to Three conduct classroom assessments.
Knec has since developed standardised assessment tools to be administered, scored and feedback given to individual learners by teachers in their respective schools.
The schools then submit the results for each learner in a designated format to Knec to facilitate analysis of achievement of competencies at national level.
The taskforce report explains that this helps to assess comprehensively the mastery of multifarious competencies of different learners.
The results from the formative and summative assessment will facilitate placement of learners to Junior Secondary School in January next year.
“The mode of assessment will entail a combination of teacher-administered formative assessment in Grades Four, Five and Six and a summative assessment to be administered by Knec at the end of Grade Six,” reads the report.
Dr Njengere said the formative assessments done in Grades Four (20 percent), Five (20 percent) and Six (20 percent) will score learners 60 percent of the final grade while the summative assessment scheduled for November will cater for the 40 per cent.
“The summative assessment is prompted by the need to allow learners from across the country to access schools which have superior infrastructure and a culture of good performance, thus enhancing equity,” reads the taskforce report.
At secondary schools, the report explains that assessments will also be formative and summative.
“The junior secondary school assessment will facilitate placement in Senior Secondary School, while the senior school assessment will facilitate transition into tertiary and university education and training,” says the report.