Parents with pupils in grade three have two months, starting today to enroll their children for the national assessment under the new Competency-Based Curriculum.
The National Parents Association chairman, Mr. Nicholas Maiyo said the announcement had caught many parents unawares as they had not managed to acquire the needed documents for their children.
The Grade Three assessment, however, is not going to be an examination but a compilation of a child’s performance in class activities.
Assessment will be done in English Language activities, Mathematics activities, Kiswahili Language activities, Environmental activities, Movement and Creative activities, Religious activities and Hygiene and Nutrition activities.
Parents are of the opinion that it is still too early to conduct the assessment as the Grade three pupils are still too young to understand the importance of the activity they will have to be put through.
Primary school head teachers have raised a concern saying they still do not know what will happen as they are learning about the Grade three assessment through the media. The circular with the details of requirements provided by the Kenya National Examination Council is yet to reach them.
While the Kenya Primary School Heads Association (Kepsha) chairman Mr. Nicholas Gathemia declined to give his comments and opted to wait for a directive from the Ministry of Education, acting KNEC Chief Executive Officer Mercy Karogo has asked schools to enroll their students in good time to allow the Council to conduct the assessment.
“We are ready for the exercise that starts today, and this will enable us to prepare well for the assessment,” she said.
Schools will be required to have an internet connection as the exercise will be done online.
She insisted that all school heads ensure the enrollment of all Grade three learners within the stipulated period. Headteachers are advised to visit the Knec website and click on the Kenya Early Years Assessment (KEYA) portal, which will direct them to cbc.knec.ac.ke.