Parents warned Not To Buy Grade 6 CBC Model Test Papers
Parents with children in Grade 6 have been advised not to purchase model test papers for the first end-of-primary-school assessment under the competency-based curriculum, which is scheduled for November (CBC).
Some companies have already begun selling model test papers for the summative assessment, which accounts for 40% of a learner’s overall score.
The remaining 60% will come from formative assessments in Grades 4, 5, and 6.
The final score will be used to assign students to junior secondary school (JSS), with the pioneer class starting in January 2023.
“Because learners are going to be assessed in Grade 6, there are people selling model papers supposedly for that grade. Do not buy them; they must be approved by KICD.
“We want to make this assessment as natural as possible, almost like what they do in school on a day-to-day basis,” said Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development chief executive Charles Ong’ondo.
Prof Ong’ondo said parents should expect a low-stakes assessment because learners already have earned 60% of their ability through 20 marks from Grades 4, 5, and 6.
He stated that the curriculum in JSS allows students to explore their potential and interests before deciding on their preferred pathways in senior secondary school.
“This is consistent with the psychological age of these children. They are aged 12 or some of them who are a bit older will be 13, 14, and 15. Psychologically, that is the most volatile age for all human beings.
“They want to explore in school, you will see them excelling in sciences but next term their attention shifts to arts. It’s fine because it is an age of exploration,” Prof Ong’ondo explained.
He was speaking at the Kenya Private Schools Association (KPSA) conference, which concluded yesterday in Mombasa.
Prof. Ong’ondo explained that the CBC curriculum promotes the achievement of demonstrable learning outcomes in all learners at various levels. CBC focuses on giving learners interactive skills at the pre-primary school level.
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According to Prof. Ong’ondo, primary school is primarily about socialization through literacy, numeracy, and social skills.
Prof. Ong’ondo termed senior secondary as the pre-career level. He said that learners here are prepared to enter the workforce or further their education.
At this point, the students are given the opportunity to spend more time in areas where they have demonstrated potentials, such as the arts, pure sciences, technology, or performance.