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8-4-4 Multiple-Choice Questions Elimination Among Changes In 1st CBC Assessment For Grade 3, 4, and 5.

8-4-4 Multiple-Choice Questions Elimination Among Changes In CBC’s Assessment For Grade 3, 4, and 5.

Learners taking school-based assessments are expected to write short essay responses and participate in scored practical activities.

The ongoing Grade 3, 4, and 5 assessments reveal that the multiple-choice questions associated with the 8-4-4 system have been eliminated.

Sample questions for test papers for various grades show that students are expected to apply what they have learned in class.

These are the new realities of assessments under the new 2-6-3-3-3 education system’s Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC).

Learners will receive a maximum of 20 marks at the end of each assessment, for a total of 60 at the end of Grade Six. The exams are scheduled to end on Friday.

The primary national examination, which will be administered at the end of Grade Six, will only be worth 40 points.

This means that, in addition to the 20-point school-based assessments, Grade Six students will take a national examination administered by the Kenya National Examinations Council (Knec) at the end of their education.

Under measurement, learners are tested on mass and capacity, length, time, and money tasks, whereas under geometry, learners are tested on position, direction, and shapes.

Learners are assessed on reading comprehension, language structures, and functions during English activities. They also have a composition writing session.

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KNEC To Uploaded Assessment Tools On 29th For Grades 4, 5 February National Tests.

According to the CBC taskforce report, each learner will be assigned a tracking number in Grade 3 that will be used to track their progress as they progress through the education levels.

Teachers in grades One to Three are expected to conduct classroom assessments. Knec creates standardised assessment tools that teachers in their respective schools use to administer, score, and provide feedback to individual students.

During a child’s basic education journey, Knec will only set, administer, and supervise national examinations in Grades 6, 9, and 12.

English, Kiswahili or Kenya Sign Language (for deaf students), Home Science, Agriculture, Science and Technology, Mathematics, Religious Education (CRE/IRE/HRE), Creative Arts, Physical and Health Education, and Social Studies are taught to students in grades four through six.

Primary school teachers say each question in the ongoing CBC assessments require learners to think and apply knowledge based on items learnt in class.

Johnstone Nzioka, the Primary School Heads Association (Kepsha) chairman, said the assessments are practical oriented and help children to think.

“The good thing is that for practical subjects, learners are supposed to go out and carry out activities which are scored based on how they perform. This is unlike previous years where even practical questions were done just on paper,” said a teacher.

“It is no longer about memorization. It is about application of knowledge and thinking,” said Nzioka.

It was also discovered that the school environment is not tense, despite the fact that students take their assessments seriously because the results are posted on the Knec portal.

For example, in Grade 4 Social Studies, students are evaluated on their community service activities, county government structure, maps, and identification of physical features and values, among other things.

Learners in Grade 4 Science and Technology are assessed based on some of the activities they may have completed during lessons. For example, learners may be asked to label human body parts and state their functions. Identifying and naming clouds, explaining the various components of a water filter, and comprehending floatation.

Some of these questions were drawn from class activities that were done in practical sessions “It’s basically assessing children’s understanding.”


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The questions are divided into sections, each of which evaluates a different task. For instance, tasks concerning living things, the environment, digital technology, matter, force, and energy, as well as earth and space.

Science students in Grade 5 are assessed on similar criteria. 

Numbers, measurements and geometry, data handling, and algebra are the three areas of mathematics assessed in Grade Four.

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8-4-4 Multiple-Choice Questions Elimination Among Changes In CBC’s Assessment For Grade 3, 4, and 5.

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