KNEC Warns Schools Against Uploading Cooked Graded 6 Assessment Scores.
The Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) has issued a stern warning to public and private schools against uploading cooked grade 6 assessment scores on the examiner’s portal.
The examination council has warned that appropriate action will be taken against schools and teachers who are found interfering with its national exercise.
This follows complaints from some parents over some primary schools not uploading marks that are genuinely scored by their children.
The parents blame schools for ‘cooking’ learners’ scores in Grades 3, 4, 5 and now Grade 6.
However, this has not been proven and the parents’ blame remains just allegations at the moment.
According to the parents, schools have been taking advantage of the School-Based Assessments (SBA) to mint money from parents.
They blamed heads of schools for demanding huge amounts of money and resources from them to cover projects and practicals. This is an infringement of the Ministry of Education’s guidelines on the same.
KNEC has on many an occasion called on schools to use resources that are available locally to implement projects and practical activities.
Allegedly, some schools collect up to a sum of Kshs. 1,000 per learner for the purpose of conducting project work and examinations.
Grade 6 learners are at the moment doing their national written assessment tests which shall come to an end on the 9th of September.
According to KNEC, the deadline for uploading learners’ scores has been set for the 16th of September.
Given previous complaints over difficulties in uploading the assessment scores on the examiner’s portal, the Examiner has come out and revealed that they are working on technicalities to ensure that their servers are ready for the upcoming uploading exercise.
The scores will be added to the ones already uploaded from assessments done in their previous Grades 4 and 5. Kenya Primary Schools Education Assessment (KPSEA) examinations are set to be done this November to determine the placement of learners in Junior Secondary School (JSS) in 2023.
Grade 6 learners have already completed projects and practicals and these are part of the national assessment.
Practical activity in Art and Craft for Grade 6 involved making a marionette, in Home Science they did sewing while in music it was Performing a folk song.
On the other hand in Science and Technology, they modelled a circulatory system while in Physical Education (PE) it was about Front Crawl in Swimming, Rope skipping and two-handed catches in Handball.
Schools have been given until the 16th of September this year to upload the practical work and the project.
Through a circular, KNEC CEO David Njengere asked schools to keep records of the project work and learners’ portfolios as evidence of the assessment including grade 6 assessment scores.
Besides, Njengere also directed KNEC officials as well as TSC and the Ministry of Education to move around schools to check on the implementation of the Competency-Based Assessment (CBA).
Just like in November, KNEC is assessing thirteen subjects offered in the Upper Primary level using five papers of multiple choice questions as follows:
- English Language
- Kiswahili/Kenya Sign Language;
- Integrated Science (combines 4 subjects): science and technology; agriculture; home science, physical and health education
- Creative arts and social studies (combines 4 subjects): social studies; Christian Religious Education/Islamic Religious Education/Hindu Religious Education; Art and Craft; Music;