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KNEC Statement On Grade 3 Assessment Set To Kick-Off In May 24th, 2021

The Kenya National Examinations Council (Knec) will administer assessments to Grade Three learners when schools reopen for term 3, its CEO Mercy Karogo has said. 

With schools set to reopen on the 10th of May, 2021 according to CS Mahoha, Grade 3 assessment will begin just 2 weeks after term 3 reopening.

“The assessment of 2020 Grade Three learners shall be administered in 3rd term when the current academic year is ending according to the new post-covid school calendar,” Knec CEO Mercy Karogo had said. 


Primary schools had between the 4th of January and 1st February, 2021 to register Grade 3 learners in readiness for the assessment. Dr. Karogo said periodical national assessment at the critical tiers is necessary in order to get significant feedback that can guide making important interventions in the education system.

She said the assessment objectives are to: 

  • Improve learning and instruction, 
  • Facilitate selection of pathways and track in senior secondary schools,
  • Provide assessment feedback to learners and other stakeholders, 
  • Facilitate identification and nurturing of every learner’s potential, 
  • Provide evidence as a basis for the accountability of teachers, school administrators, and other stakeholders.

“KEYA, therefore, is an assessment to inform on learning achievements attained by learners in Grade 3,” said Dr. Karogo adding that learners will be assessed in Early Years Education in Grade 3, Middle Years Education in Grade 6, Lower secondary education in Grade 9 and Senior school education in grade 12. 

Grade 3 learners sat for their Integrated Learning Assessment (ILA) project in term 2 which involved carrying out practical activities under the theme “CLEAN AND SAFE WATER FOR GOOD HEALTH.” The task was carried out in two months under the guidance of teachers.

The Examination council said school heads will be responsible for ensuring a properly maintained assessment portfolio for each learner is kept as evidence reflecting:

  1.  Samples /evidence of the learner’s work on each of the sub-tasks.
  2. Teachers scores, comments and dates on the learner’s work.
  3.  Learner’s reflection on their work.
  4. Dates each subtask was accomplished. 

Grade 3 ILA 3D project on sources of water 

Knec had issued a circular in January directing schools how administration of Grade 3 assessment will be prepared; 


 11th January 2021 


1. Sub County Directors of Education 

2. All Heads of Primary Schools 


The Kenya National Examinations Council will upload the Grade 3 Monitoring Learners’ Progress (MLP) assessment tools in the MLP Portal. Schools will use the portal to download the assessment tools and instructions and to upload the assessment outcomes after administration and scoring. 

The tools will be uploaded as shown below: 

Integrated Learning Areas 

1.1 Regular Learners 

1.2 Hearing Impaired 

1.3 Visually Impaired. 

1.4 Physical Disabilities 

1.5 SNE Foundation Level 

Date to be uploaded- 15th Jan 2021 

Date to be accessed -18th Jan 2021 

Mathematics Activities 

2.1 Regular Learners 

2.2 Hearing Impaired 

2.3 Visually Impaired 

2.4 Physical Disabilities 

Date to be uploaded- 20th May 2021 

Date to be accessed -24th to 28th May 2021 

Last Date to upload Scores- 3rd June 2021 

English Activities 

3.1 Regular Learners 

3.2 Hearing Impaired 

3.3 Visually Impaired 

3.4 Physical Disabilities 

Date to be uploaded – 20th May 2021 

Date to be accessed 24th to 28th May 2021 

Last Date to upload Scores – 3rd June 2021 

SNE Foundation Level 

4.1 Activities of Daily Living 

4.2 Communication, Social and Pre-Literacy Skills 

Date to be uploaded -20th May 2021 

Date to be accessed- 24th to 28th May 2021 

Last Date to upload Scores – 3rd June 2021 

Users of the system are required to type in the web address below in order to access the login page of the portal:

 Any school that will have forgotten their password should contact their respective sub-county education offices for a new password. This information is to enable you to prepare and plan adequately. 

Dr. Mercy G. Karogo, 


Knec stated that the Kenya Early Years Assessment (KEYA) is a national assessment and not an examination adding that there will be no ranking for Grade 3 learners sitting for the national assessments. KNEC will therefore not release the results for individual schools or learners. 

The assessment, KNEC says provides large-scale feedback on learning outcomes at the formative stages for better decision making. 

“As has been the case with national assessments, the outcomes of KEYA shall be compiled into a report, which shall provide feedback at the national level,” said Dr. Karogo





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