Ministry of Education Issues Clarification on Grade Six KEPSEA Exam
On Tuesday, November 15, the Ministry of Education published the dates, sessions, and duration of the Kenya Primary School Education Assessment (KEPSEA) examination.
Exams, similar to KCPE exams, will be administered over the course of three days,, beginning on Monday, November 28, 2022, and concluding on Wednesday, November 30, 2022.
The exam will be administered by the first cohort of the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC).
According to the new curriculum, sixth-grade pupils will take the exam in preparation for the transition to junior secondary school.
On Monday, students will take a test in mathematics. Mathematics paper will be completed between 8:30 am and 9:50 am, Mathematics (Large Print) between 8:30 am and 9:50 am, and Mathematics (Braille) will begin at the same time but end at 10:20 am.
The students will take a 30-minute break before the English exam.
The exam will conclude at 11:50 a.m. However, students in English (Hearing impaired) and English (Braille) will be excused at 12:10 p.m.
The students will take assessments in Integrated Science, Kiswahili, and Kenyan Sign Language on the second day.
Integrated Science will begin at 8:30 and end at 10:10, with the exception of students enrolled in Integrated Science (Braille), who will finish at 10:40.
The students will be tested in Kiswahili and Kenya Sign Language after a 30-minute break.
The papers will end at 12:10 p.m., with the exception of Kiswahili Braille, which will end at 12:30 p.m.
On the final day of class, students will take exams in Creative Arts and Social Sciences.
The exam will begin at 8:30 a.m. and conclude at 10:10 a.m., except for the Braille version, which will conclude at 10:40 a.m., marking the conclusion of the first CBC national exam.
Before the fourth national exams, security has been tightened in Moyale Sub-County, Marsabit County.
Moyale Sub-County Assistant County Commissioner One (ACC I) Martin Muhia, who presided over an examinations briefing meeting at St. Mary’s Primary School in Moyale town on Tuesday, stated that all measures required by the Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) guidelines had been taken to protect the integrity of the national examinations.
Muhia reminded examination personnel, primarily teachers, that the KNEC and the government had entrusted them with the responsibility of conducting the examination with the utmost integrity.
Simultaneously, he announced that examination centers would be off-limits to non-examination authorities.
Still, he quickly added that the exam centers’ entrances should remain open for the duration of the examination.
Roba Halkano, director of education for the Moyale sub-county, stated that they were prepared for examinations because all briefings had been conducted, and each participant was aware of the role he or she had to play during the vital exercise that would determine the destiny of the candidates.
But he told the people in charge of the test to be careful and check everything, even if cheating materials could be hidden.
“Some students could be crafty, we do not allow candidates to use clipboards and if they will be wearing face masks, they must be checked because some students may take advantage use the protective gear to cheat in the examination,” Roba said.
Also present was Area Police Commander Walter Chebron, who stated that every examination center should be staffed with two armed police officers and that, if necessary, more security personnel would be sent.
In addition, personnel from the KNEC headquarters were present to monitor any circumstance that could compromise the successful administration of examinations in the region.