By Getrude Matayo
Grade four and standard eight learners will sit for an assessment test beginning Monday next week just a week after reopening following a six months holiday.
According to The KNEC, the test is to determine the impact that the long break accessioned by the Covid-19 pandemic on their learning.
The assessment to be undertaken by the Kenya National Examination Councils (KNEC) will be used to gauge learners’ capabilities in various subjects.
According to a communication released by the acting KNEC CEO Dr. Mercy Karogo on Thursday, the assessment will cover all topics that should have been covered by March 2020.
KNEC CEO says the assessment will be administered at the school level as per the guidelines and assessment schedules provided by KNEC and following regulations upon which administrations of assessments is anchored.
“Standard Eight and Grade Four assessments will be administered from October 19th to 23rd 2010. Assessments for other classes will be conducted upon reopening of specific classes”, she said.
Leaners in Standard eight will be assed in all the KCPE subjects while those in Grade four will be assessed in Mathematics, English, Kiswahili, Environmental Activities, Science and Technology.
KNEC stated that teachers shall confirm the attendance of learners, account for any absentees, and brief on the conduct of the assessment. In particular, teachers should inform the learners that the assessment are not examinations.
KNEC added that research has also shown that long periods away from face-to-face learning leads to learning loss. It is therefore important to establish the entry behavior of the learners after the reopening of schools in order to give focused intervention to mitigate learning loss.
In this regard, the Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) is undertaking school-based national learning assessments for learners in all primary schools
The test will among other things provide a baseline upon which interventions towards improved learning outcomes can be anchored; identity strengths and weakness in learner acquisition of specific subject content/skill areas; provide valid and reliable data to inform policy.
KNEC has established guidelines to inform the administration process and tasked Education officials led by Regional Directors of Education, TSC regional directors, and county Education Directors to oversee the exercise in all primary schools.