The Kenya National Examinations Council, (KNEC) has released guidelines on the conduct of 2021 learning assessments for grades 1 to 3 and classes 5 to 7 under the Kenya GPE Covid 19 learning continuity in basic education (LCBE) project. The assessments will be administered from 18th to 22nd January 2021.
RE: CONDUCT OF LEARNING ASSESSMENTS FOR GRADES 1 TO 3 AND CLASSES 5 TO 7 UNDER THE KENYA GPE COVID -19 LEARNING CONTINUITY IN BASIC EDUCATION( LCBE) PROJECT
As you are aware, the Ministry of Education, through the Kenya National Examinations Council, (KNEC) conducted school-based learning assessments at Grade 4 and Standard 8 in October, 2020 when schools partially reopned.
As indicated in the recent circular, schools can access their subject specific results for Standard 8 from the LCBE Portal. Data processing for Grade 4 is progressing well despite delays in uploading of the scores by some of the schools.
Learning assessments for Grade 1 to 3 and Standard 5 to 7 for learners following the age-based/ regular curriculum, and for Foundation and Intermediate levels for the learners following the stage-based/ SNE pathway will be administered from 18th to 22nd January 2021.
The overarching aim of the envisaged assessments is to inform on possible learning gaps among the aforementioned learners during the long closure of schools due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and suggest interventions to be put in place to address the gaps as learners progress through their second and third terms of their academic year.
The scope of the learning assessments will be as follows:
- Standard 7 will be assessed in all the KCPE subjects.
- Standard 5 and 6 will be assessed in English, Kiswahili, Mathematics and Science;
- Grades 1 to 3 will be assessed in Fundamental Literacy and Numeracy
(English Activities, Kiswahili Activities and Mathematics Activities).
- For all subjects / learning areas, assessment items will be drawn from previous classes/ grades and Term 1 of the current class/grade. For instance, Standard 7 will be assessed from Standard 1 to 6, and Term 1 of Standard 7.
- Learners following the Stage-based /SNE pathway will do assessments for Foundation and Intermediate level respectively.
As was the case with Grade 4 and Standard 8, administration of the learning assessments will follow the guidelines and assessment schedules provided by KNEC (these can be accessed from the LCBE portal).
It will also follow regulations upon which administration of assessments/ tests at school level is anchored.
Teachers will score and upload the scores onto the LCBE portal using the guidelines provided by KNEC. The guidelines are contained in the administrative documents already uploaded onto the LCBE portal alongside the assessment tools.
The purpose of this communication, therefore, is to inform of you the assessments and request that your school makes appropriate preparations for the assessments.
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 variables that could affect their performance.