The assessment of learners’ grasp of the various subjects will begin on October 19, acting Chief Executive officer Kenya National Examination Council (Knec) Mercy Karogo has announced.
This follows the reopening yesterday, 12th October, of schools with Grade Four, Standard Eight and Form Four students resuming learning following a long holiday since March as part of the measures to curb the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic. The learners have been out of school for more than six months.
The Knec had issued a circular to head teachers of both private and public schools to reopen the institutions.
The circular contains guidelines for teachers for the preparation of the assessments, which will be done and marked at school.
Karogo said: “Standard Eight and Grade Four assessments will be administered from October 19 to 23, 2020. Assessments for other classes will be conducted upon reopening of specific classes.”
The Grade Four pupils will be assessed in English, Kiswahili, Mathematics, Environmental activities, Science and Technology.
Karogo said: “This will be a combined paper assessing all strands, from environmental activities for Grade One to Three and Science and Technology for Grade Four, term one.”
Standard Eight pupils will also be tested on all the KCPE exam subjects and items drawn from previous classes and material for the first term of the current class.
The assessment is part of the Ksh1.5 billion Global Partnership for Education (GPE) boost and schools will be supported in administering and printing the tests.
The assessment scores will be uploaded on the Knec portal.
Knec has also directed head teachers and other teachers to ensure integrity among students for a reliable outcome.
“You are called upon to ensure that learners are provided with a natural environment in order to guard against extraneous variables that could affect their performance,” Karogo said.
Knec will then verify and validate the uploaded scores to conduct data analysis and interpretation.
A report of the findings will then be shared to stakeholders.
“The overarching aim of the assessment is to inform on possible learning loss during the Covid-19 pandemic period and suggest interventions to be put in place to address the learning gaps,” the Knec boss said.