Parents have two months to register Grade 3 pupils for national exam

Kenya National Examinations Council (Knec) acting CEO Mercy Karogo. [File, Standard]

Parents with learners in Grade Three now have two months starting tomorrow to enroll their children for national assessments under the new curriculum.

Kenya National Examinations Council (Knec) has released guidelines for the pupils' national tests that show the learners will sit three papers.

The schedule, sent to school heads, explains that the pupils will sit the Kenya Early Years Assessment (KEYA) examination in English activities, Mathematics activities and an integrated paper.

The integrated paper will comprise Kiswahili activities, environmental activities, movement activities, creative activities, religious activities, and hygiene and nutrition activities.

Knec acting CEO Mercy Karogo said the adapted assessment tolls will be provided for learners with visual impairment, hearing impairment and physical disability.

Under the Special Needs Education, Dr Karogo said learners will be assessed in three key areas.

The first paper will be communication, social and pre-literacy skills as activities of daily living and religious education form assessment for the second paper.

Knec will also administer, through schoolteachers, an assessment paper on integrated learning areas.

This will include orientation and mobility skills, pre numeracy skills and sensory-motor and creative activities.

The registration for the examinations kicks off tomorrow and will run until the end of August.

This means school heads have two months to identify and register Grade Three pupils for the tests to be conducted by teachers.

In identifying the learners, Knec wants all registrations to be done trough its portal using data from Ministry of Education National Education Management Information System (Nemis).

“Schools without Knec code will liaise with respective Curriculum Support Officers who will contact Sub County Directors of Education for coding of school and onward submission of the code details to Knec,” said Karogo.

Under the guidelines, Knec wants schools to capture six key details of every child.

The name of the learner must mirror what is contained in the birth certificates. The name order must be maintained and they must not be recorded as initials.

Knec also instructs teachers to record the gender of the learners, the birth certificate number, date of birth, citizenship and special needs/disability condition.

Sub-county Directors of Education, headteachers, parents and guardians each have distinct roles to play in the identification and registration of the learners for the tests.

The guidelines are another clear indication that the government is keen to implement the Competency Based Curriculum (CBC) even as a teachers' union rejected it.

Buoyed by recent endorsements from teachers associations, the church and civil society, the Ministry of Education seems to be forging forward with the rollout of the 2-6-3-3-3 education system that will repeal the age-old 8-4-4.

Knec said the assessments are a result of the implementation of the CBC.

Karogo said Knec developed a CBC framework for basic education guided by the curriculum framework and designs for early years education.

She said the tools for assessment will be sent directly to schools.

“Teachers will administer the assessments after which they will mark and send us the results for analysis,” she said.

She said the assessments will help the government understand the implementation of the new curriculum and inform improvements in delivery.

“All pupils will transit to the next class. The results will, however, be released back to schools for action,” said Karogo.