KNEC Directs Schools To Upload Assessment Scores Before 17th Dec Deadline
The Kenya National Examinations Council (Knec) has directed both public and private schools to ensure that all grade 3, 4, and 5 assessment scores are uploaded to the online portal within the specified time frames.
Competency-Based Assessment (CBA) is a process of gathering information to determine the capability of a learner to apply a set of related knowledge, skills, values, and attitudes required to successfully perform tasks.
CBA is based on the principles of assessing learners as they use acquired knowledge and skills in a given situation. The strategy aims at providing a way of building the skills and knowledge that learners require to perform identified tasks after going through a learning experience.
Purpose of CBA The main purpose of CBA is to inform and improve the quality of education and support the long-term learning achievement of learners.
Speaking from Nairobi, David Njengere, CEO of Knec, says that for the Ministry of Education to receive meaningful feedback that can guide the necessary interventions in the education system, periodic national assessments at critical tiers in the education system are required.
Njegere also directed school administrators to ensure that materials used in assessment tasks are obtained from the immediate school environment or improvised to the greatest extent possible.
He stated that Knec has since established a national assessment centre, which has been conducting various formative national assessments.
The assessment objectives:
- Improve learning and instruction,
- Facilitate the identification and nurturing of every learner’s potential, Facilitate the selection of pathways and tracks in senior secondary schools
- Provide assessment feedback to learners and other stakeholders.
- Provide evidence to support teachers’, school administrators’, and other stakeholders’ accountability.
The examiner has also directed school principals to keep all assessment-related records. Knec announced its plan to administer Competency-Based Assessment (CBA) to grade 3, 4, and 5 learners in a circular dated October 25, 2021.
Monitoring Learners Progress (MLP) assessment tools for Grades 3 and Foundation level for Special Needs Education will be uploaded, according to Knec (SNE).
Knec also stated that it will upload school-based assessment tools for Special Needs Education in Grades 4, 5, and Intermediate (SNE).
The examiner directed schools to download the assessment tools and instructions for Grades 3, 4, and 5, then administer, score, and upload the assessment results to the KNEC portal by December 17th.
Assessment scores for integrated learning areas must be uploaded for grades 3, while practical and project-based assessment scores must be uploaded for grades 4 and 5.
On the 29th of January 2022, when schools resume for term three, grade 3 will have their Mathematics and English assessment tools for regular learners and those with special needs uploaded on the portal.
Schools will administer the assessments between the 31st of January and the 4th of February 2022, and the results will be uploaded to the Knec portal by the 21st of February 2022.
Regular learners in grades 4 and 5 will have the following assessment areas administered in theory in term three:
- Christian Religious Education (CRE)
- Home Science
- Science and Technology
- Islamic Religious Education (IRE)
- Art and Craft
- Social StudiesHindu Religious Education (HRE)
- Physical and Health Education
- Kenyan Sign Language
The exams will be offered between January 31st and February 4th, 2022. Schools will have until February 21st to ensure that their assessment scores are uploaded to the Knec portal.
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Knec CEO David Njengere directed schools to use the link https://cba.knec.ac.ke to access the assessment portal.
The majority of schools have yet to post their assessment results online.