KPSEA Results Released Quietly: All You Should Know
The results of the inaugural Grade Six examination, which was done by 1,287,597 students last year, have been announced.
However, despite the fact that the applicants were tested on a variety of topics, the results did not follow the typical grading structure.
Instead, each school has received assessment reports with specific remarks on the accomplishments of students. Another significant difference from the KCPE examination, for which the Ministry of Education and Kenya National Examination Council (Knec) conduct a press conference that is broadcast live on television to announce the results.
Individual school portals were updated with the Kenya Primary School Education Assessment (KPSEA) results under the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC).
A review of sample school assessment reports reveals that, in contrast to the usual grading system in KCPE, which awards marks out of 500, CBC students are graded on four performance metrics: Exceeding Expectation, Meeting Expectation, Approaching Expectation, and Below Expectation.
These metrics are used to evaluate learners in the five subjects examined by the KPSEA, as well as the specific skills under each subject and strand (sub-topics) that reflect the capabilities of each individual learner.
Algebra, Measurements, Geometry, Data Handling, Multiplication, Division, and Number Work were evaluated as part of the evaluation for the Mathematics course. This indicates that each student was evaluated and scored on every subtopic in the course, with Exceeding Expectations being the best performance level with four points and Below Expectations being the lowest performance level with one point.
Mathematical, English, Kiswahili, Kenyan, Integrated Science (Science and Technology, Agriculture, Home Science, Physical and Health Education), Creative Arts, Social Studies, and Religious Education are among the subjects evaluated.
The rubric assessment will allow teachers to identify the areas in which students are proficient and those that require intervention. The school assessment accounts for sixty percent of the summative assessment report, whilst the Knec evaluation accounts for forty percent of the total score of the learners.
Portfolio of evidence of schoolwork demonstrates how students have documented evidence of practical learning and is used to calculate the final grade.
Knec declared that while the KPSEA results will not be used to place students in junior secondary schools, the reports will be utilized to track the progress of students before they enter senior secondary schools.
Despite this, stakeholders in the education system have expressed worry over the negative impact of assessment standards on the veracity of outcomes.
Paul Wanjohi, the national treasurer of the APBET Schools Association of Kenya, stated that a lack of integrity among teachers could affect the actual demonstration of pupils’ competencies if they upload incorrect scores to the Knec portal.
“Much of the assessment, if done in schools and if the teacher is not honest and awards wrong results, will have a wrong report of the child’s capabilities,” said Mr Wanjohi.
Mr. Wanjohi also stated that the majority of schools lack the technology required to access the Knec portal, forcing students to download from internet cafés. “Some teachers lack the technological expertise necessary to enter findings into the system and must seek assistance. This exposes confidential information to the students.”