Grade Four and Class Eight pupils, who opened school on Monday, October 12, will begin their end of term one examinations from Monday, October 19.
In a circular dated Thursday, October 8, which was sent to all headteachers of public and private schools, Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) acting Chief Executive Mercy Karogo stated that assessments will test the learners' understanding in various subjects.
The examination body also issued strict guidelines for teachers during preparation for the assessments, which will be administered and marked at school level.
“Standard Eight and Grade Four assessments will be administered from October 19 to 23, 2020. Assessments for other classes will be conducted upon reopening of specific classes,” stated KNEC acting CEO Mercy Karogo.
Karogo added that the assessments will be considered as the end of term one tests, which were to be done before President Uhuru Kenyatta closed schools in March, due to COVID-19.
According to KNEC, Grade Four pupils will be assessed in English, Kiswahili, Mathematics, Environmental activities and Science and Technology while Standard Eight pupils will be assessed in all KCPE subjects.
“This will be a combined paper assessing all strands, from environmental activities (for Grade 1-3) and science and technology (for Grade Four, term one).”
“For all subjects or learning areas, assessment items will be drawn from previous classes/grades and term one of the current class/grade.”
Schools will also be supported to print and administer the assessment tools according to the plan.
KNEC said that the assessment is part of the Sh1.5 billion Global Partnership for Education (GPE) boost towards schools reopening preparations.
Teachers will then be required to mark and upload the results onto the KNEC portal.
“The assessments will be administered at school level as per the guidelines and assessment schedules provided by KNEC and following regulations upon which administration of assessments/tests is anchored,” said Karogo.
The council directed headteachers and teachers to ensure that the outcome of the exams are reliable and of high integrity.
“You are called upon to ensure that learners are provided with a natural environment in order to guard against extraneous variables that could affect their performance,” said Karogo.
The examination body says it will verify and validate the scores uploaded by the teachers and also conduct data analysis and interpretation.
The assessment will also be done by other classes once all the primary and secondary school learners report back to school.