Kenya National Examination Council (Knec) has announced that the Grade three national assessment that is set to take place in September will not be ranked.
The acting Chief Executive Officer, Mercy Karogo explained that the Kenya Early Years Assessment is just an assessment and not an examination. The council, therefore, will not release any individual learners or school results.
The assessment, she explained, is only meant to provide large-scale feedback on learning outcome at the early stages for decision making while an examination is a summative assessment given for individual achievement, selection, and placement.
“The Kenya Early Years Assessment tools will be distributed to all the curriculum support officers, who shall coordinate with head teachers in their respective regions to administer the assessment in September,” Dr. Karogo said.
“Like any other national assessment, the results of KEYA will be compiled into a report, to provide feedback at the national level,” she added.
Dr. Karogo insists that all learners must be captured for identification purposes. For learners already registered in NEMIS, all details including their birth certificate number will be seen as they will all be displayed on the portal once the NEMIS number is entered on the KEYA portal.
She further said that an assessment center that has been conducting national assessments has been set up at Knec. She says that periodical national assessments are needed in the education system if the Ministry of Education is to get any meaningful feedback.
The assessment seeks to: improve learning and instruction, facilitate the identification and nurturing of every learner’s potential, facilitate selection of pathways and track in senior secondary school, provide assessment feedback to learners and other stakeholders, and provide evidence as a basis for the accountability of teachers, school administration and other stakeholders.
“KEYA will, therefore, help to inform in learning achievements attained by pupils in grade three,” Dr. Karogo said.
National assessments will, therefore, be done in the Early Years Education in grade three, Middle Years Education, at grade 6, Lower Secondary Education, at grade 9 and Senior School education at grade 12.