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KNEC’s Latest Message to Examiners about the Ongoing National Tests


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KNEC’s Latest Message to Examiners about the Ongoing National Tests

The Kenya National Examinations Council ( KNEC) has given new directives to govern the assessment process that will be conducted for learners of grade 1 up to 7.

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The assessment for grade 1 will cover all activities i.e mathematics, kiswahili, english, religious, science etc.

With this, the teachers are advised to grade the learners as per their abilities and not what they score.

This means, the issue of positioning learners as number 1 to the last one is now out if date.

Thus, teachers are not supposed to use remarks like very good, excellent,good,poor,fair, very poor etc.

With respect to this KNEC also had earlier on announced that KCPE will be done for three days commencing on March 22 and end on March 24, with KCSE starting on March 26 2021 to April 21.

According to KNEC, teachers were given guidelines on the do’s and don’t s with regard to the examination exercise.


Related 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.

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