KNEC Gives Way Forward Grade 6 KPEA Exams
KNEC Competency-Based Assessment Coordinator Ann Ngatia said the candidates will be examined in five subjects: math, English, Kiswahili, Integrated Sciences, and Creative and Social Sciences, during Sema na Spox.
Integrated and Creative Sciences, according to Ngatia, will be an amalgamation of multiple sub-subjects, and the five will be included in the Kenya Primary Education Assessment at the end of primary school.
“The exam will be a multiple-choice test covering the five papers. IS will see us combine science and technology and will cover Home Science, Agriculture, and Physical Health while CASS will combine Art and Craft, Music, Social Studies and religious education (CRE, IRE and HRE),” she noted.
The primary school results will be determined by the annual school-based assessment in upper primary classes and the five-subject summative national test, according to the coordinator.
“We will have a 60 per cent of the score coming from SBA spread over Grade Four, Five and Six and 40 per cent from the summative report so that we do not rely on a one-time assessment to determine the potential of the learner,” Ngatia added.
Ngatia explained that school-based evaluation will take the shape of projects, practicals, portfolios, and oral exams to allow students to demonstrate what they have learned, with classroom teachers guiding the process.
Junior Secondary Schools would be housed in high schools, according to Deputy Director for Secondary Education Lawrence Karundi. He also disclosed that pupils in Grades 7 and 8 will be day scholars.
“When it comes to the issue of dormitories, especially with the junior secondary, our focus is that this should be a day school, not boarding.
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“The transition will be in such a way that students join schools within where they are now, therefore, boarding may not be necessary,” Karundi stated
Ruth Mugambi, Deputy Director of the State Department for Curriculum Reforms, explained that Grade Six students will be placed in Junior Secondary Schools based on their performance, subject choices, and ability to attend day schools.
“Placement will be determined by the performance of the learners in Grade Six report and the optional subjects that they will have chosen. The students will be informed which schools offer the subjects within their proximity based on guidelines from the ministry,” Mugambi added.