KNEC:Grade six first-ever KPSEA examinations
The first batch of Grade 6 students will practice the new Kenya Primary School Education Assessment (KPSEA) tests on Monday November 28, which will replace the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) under the new Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC) calendar.
The main exams, which will be held from November 28 to 30, will be prepared for by around 1.3 million pupils.
Following graduation, the kids will enter Grade 7 and then transition to junior secondary schools through the CBC program in January.
The new Competency-Based Curriculum program is for learners in Grade 6 (Class 6). There will be two classes of KCPE applicants remaining for the new system to take over.
KPSEA will be set up as follows:
Mathematics, English, Kiswahili, and Integrated Science (I.S.), which includes home science, agriculture, science and technology, and public health, are the topics that will be assessed.
Additionally, there will be Creative and Social Sciences (C.A.S.S.), which covers music, social studies, art and craft, and religious instruction.
The new curriculum will not test composition and Insha for grade 6 exams.
The time allocation for each subject is as follows: mathematics (1 hour and 20 minutes), English and Kiswahili (1 hour), I.S. and C.A.S.S. (1 hour and 40 minutes).
It will only be special needs students who will receive extra time.
The papers must be given to the relevant sub-county education offices when the assessments are finished, and center managers must pick them up alongside security personnel.
The Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) disclosed that KPSEA will be marked utilizing modern technology without the involvement of teachers, which will make the marking process different from conventional marking techniques.
After KNEC purchased optical mark recognition (OMR) devices, the Grade 6 Assessment will henceforth be electronically scored.
The machine marks candidates’ work by scanning their answer sheets and capturing them. According to reports, the machines mark scripts in batches of 100 and 200 sheets, expediting the procedure.
The sum of the school-based assessments (SBA) and the summative national assessments (SNA) will be used to calculate the final KPSEA score.
The S.B.A., which consists of examinations that students have been taking annually in the upper primary courses, grades 4, 5, and 6, will account for about 60% of their scores.
These tests are often carried out by instructors in the classroom under KNEC guidance. Projects, practical’s, portfolios, and oral exams are used to assess students.
The SNA, also known as the main KPSEA exam and composed of multiple-choice questions, will account for the remaining 40% of the learners’ marks.
As opposed to the customary issuing upon passing KCPE exams, a final CBC certificate will be provided following completion of Grade 12.
KNEC will issue results slips following the conclusion of marking, which will be announced at a later date that has not yet been determined.
The 32-year-old 8-4-4 curriculum is replaced by the new 2-6-3-3-3 curriculum.
This will be the nation’s second time implementing a new curriculum since abandoning the 7-4-2-3 system in 1985