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KNEC News; Council Announces Assessment dates for Grade 2 to 3 and 5 to 7, check the details below


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KNEC News; Council Announces Assessment dates for Grade 2 to 3 and 5 to 7, check the details below


As earlier planned, the Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) will roll out school-based learning assessment tests for all Kenyan learners in Grades 1 to 3 and Classes 5 to 7 this week.

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A circular at our disposal addressed to all headteachers, KNEC CEO Dr. Mercy Karogo says the assessments will determine and inform on any learning gaps in the targetted areas. Soon afterwards, the results will suggest the necessary interventions to be put in place to address the gaps as learners progress through the second and third terms of their academic year.

2021 KNEC Examinations 

Standard 7 pupils will be assessed in all  five KCPE subjects that is Mathematics, English, Kiswahili, Science and Social studies.

Standard 5 and 6 on the other hand will be assessed in English, Kiswahili, Mathematics and Science.

Grade 1 to 3 learners will be assessed in Fundamental Literacy and Numeracy capturing English, Kiswahili and Mathematics Activities.

For all subjects and learning areas however, assessment items will be drawn from previous classes , grades and Terms . For instance, Standard 7 will be tested from Standard 1 to 6 and Term 1 of Standard 7.

And despite this not being a national examination, KNEC is interested in capturing the real outcome among learners. Dr. Karogo directing that a lot of attention be given to the exercise.

“Please note that the reliability and integrity of the outcome of these assessments rests upon the headteachers and teachers. You are therefore called upon to ensure that learners are provided with a natural environment in order to guard against extraneous variable that could affect their performance,” she said.

Already results for the assessments conducted for learners in Standard 8 have been published, guiding teachers on key areas to focus on ahead of the KCPE examinations in March.

The school based assessments will begin this Monday running for a week till Friday the 22nd this month.



KNEC News: KNEC Letter to KCSE and KCPE Candidates Reveals How Parents and Teachers are Likely to Cause Misery in Learners’ Lives

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With only 10 weeks remaining to the D-DAY for the KCPE and KCSE 2020 candidates, KNEC’s acting Chief Executive Officer Dr. Mercy Karogo has written a one-page letter cautioning candidates against any examination malpractices during the upcoming national tests.

She further told the learners to be wary of any aid emanating from parents, teachers and any other interested parties since it may end up costing them an arm and a leg in the long run.

Citing the KNEC Act, the CEO spelt out dire consequences should candidates feel tempted to engage in any form of cheating.

The letter dated December 14, comes in at the right time given that the candidates will be breaking for the festive season on December 23 before resuming studies in January 2021.


“A person who, before or during an examination, has in his or her possession or under his or her control any examination paper or any part thereof, or any material or information purporting to relate to the contents of any paper or material for that examination, without lawful excuse, commits an offence and is liable, upon conviction, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 10 years, or a fine not exceeding Sh2 million, or both” reads the KNEC Act in part.

The most touching part of the KNEC letter that will smitten the hearts and souls of candidates  is the passionate advice on examination conduct.

In the letter, Dr. Karogo passionately advises candidates to shun any examination malpractices and produce their honest work during examinations.

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She faulted parents and teachers who try to unfairly assist the candidates by providing them with materials for cheating during examinations.

“In order for you to receive your results, you must not get involved in trying to obtain any unfair assistance from anybody. You must produce your own honest work during examinations,” said Karogo.

Latest details hitting our newsdesk indicate that thorough preparations are underway to ensure the Examinations are done as scheduled in the KNEC timetable.

CS Magoha, accompanied by a special team left the country early last week to assess the printing progress of the examination papers.

KCPE and KCSE Time table

KCPE examinations have been scheduled to run on March 22 and 24.

Rehearsals will be done on March 19 with mathematics and English papers to be done on first day of the examinations.

Science and Kiswahili subjects will be done on the second day, with Social Studies and Religious Education subjects done on the last day.

Atleast 1.2 million candidates will sit the three days examinations.

KCSE rehearsals have been scheduled for March 25, with written examinations kicking off March 26. The examinations will run for three weeks and three days.

Releasing the examination timetable, Magoha said marking of the two tests will be spread between April 19 and May 7.

English, mathematics and chemistry papers will be done during the first two days of the examinations. For KCSE, 751,150 candidates will sit the form four national examinations.

KNEC Registered centres

But even with the disruptions occasioned by the pandemic, Knec maintained that candidates will not be allowed to change centres they had registered to sit the examinations.

The effects of Covid-19 pushed some parents to transfer their children from some schools.

Knec, however, said that during the exams, the candidates will have to sit the tests from registered centres.

The council said the registration process of candidates was complete, data validated and candidates would have to sit the examination in their registered centres to avoid confusion.

Counties Earmarked for KCPE and KCSE Examination Malpractices

Inside sources at Knec however hinted that focus is still on counties that have had cases of examination malpractice.

Kisii, Homa Bay, Bungoma, Kisumu and Migori counties in Western and Nyanza regions have been put on high alert ahead of examinations.

Machakos, Meru, Isiolo, Turkana, West Pokot, Kericho, Narok, Elgeyo Marakwet, Garissa, Wajir and Mandera counties are also on the Knec radar.

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