Learners in Grade Four and Class Eight are beginning their assessment on Monday (tomorrow) to check their progress just a week after reopening.
This is in conformity with the recent revelation by the Ministry of Education that learners would be subjected to assessment tests to bring them up to speed with the curricula.
The Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) issued an instruction to the teachers to ensure that they thoroughly inspect the class rooms and ensure that the health protocols are strictly followed. This was communicated in a guide that was sent to the schools from the commission.
Even though KNEC has insisted that this is not an examination; the security measures and the logistics injected into it tell the opposite.
As part of security of the examination, the KNEC Acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mercy Karogo urged the head teachers to lock the examination materials in their offices and only produce them when the tests are to be taken.
“To ensure security and safety, the printed assessment tools should be stored in the head teacher’s office in a lockable cabinet,” said Karogo.
Preparations for examinations
Also, as part of the preparations, the primary schools were directed to download assessment tools before October 19 to ensure that they are prepared for the exercise. Such tools include timetables, advance instructions, scoring guides and learners questions. The assessment tools are in a KNEC document kept in the commission’s website.
The council has instructed school heads to ensure proper examination surveillance to avert cheating and ensure that all learners take the tests.
The examinations, which will take five days have been structured or programmed differently. According to the schedule, the Grade Four learners will participate in assessments running between 10 minutes to two hours. For instance, Grade Four learners with no impairment will have session of 10 minutes minimum, entailing reading loudly, listening and speaking. The other areas where they will be tested on include Kiswahili Lugha, and Mathematics.
The guide indicates that Grade One to Three will be tested on English, Kiswahili and Mathematics. The same will apply for the Standard Five and Six. As for the pre-candidates in Class Seven, all the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education Examination subjects will be tested.
Standard Eight assessment will run from 30 minutes to a maximum of three hours and they will be tested on the KCPE subjects. The schools were reopened after the six-month long closure which was occasioned by the Covid-19 pandemic. Grade Four, Standard Eight and Form Four learners were ordered back for 11 weeks, after which they will break for one week holiday. They will resume studies for another 11 weeks before sitting for their final examinations.