KNEC Releases Guidelines on Grade Six CBC Exams

  • Education CS George Magoha with KCPE Candidates at the Moi Nyeri Complex Primary School on Tuesday, March 8, 2022.
    Education CS George Magoha with KCPE Candidates at the Moi Nyeri Complex Primary School on Tuesday, March 8, 2022.
    Ministry of Education
  • The Kenya National Exams Council (KNEC) has released guidelines on how the Grade Six exam slated for November will be conducted.

    In a statement to school heads dated Tuesday, June 5, KNEC Chief Executive Officer, David Njegere, stated that candidates will undergo a School-Based Assessment (SBA) test in their domicile institutions which will be marked by their teachers.

    The outcome of the evaluation will then be uploaded to the portal after which they will register for the national exam. The national test will be the first under the Competency- Based Curriculum (CBC).

    Dr David Njeng’ere Kabita appointed as new KNEC Chief Executive Officer.
    Dr David Njeng’ere Kabita appointed as new KNEC Chief Executive Officer.
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    Students will then be assigned an assessment number, an equivalent of the index number, which will be used to sit the Kenya Inter-Mediate Level Education Assessment (KILEA) test.

    “Learners should be registered and assigned a number by KNEC. They should have undertaken School Based Assessment for the intermediate level and outcomes of at least one SBA uploaded on to the KNEC portal," read Njegere's statement in part.

    Njerege added that the pupils will write five papers: Mathematics and English on the first day, Integrated Science and Kiswahili on the second day, and Creative Arts and Social Studies on the third day.

    Notably, the schools will be expected to provide learners with materials required for the practical evaluations, calling for the schools to improvise some of the resources they have.

    The teachers will evaluate the students' responses and award them marks, which will be uploaded to the KILEA portal by the deadline which will be communicated by KNEC.

    The marking will be conducted using available resources and results released in line with the set guidelines. The KPSEA exams will be marked electronically since its multiple choice-based except for Composition and Kiswahili Insha.

    In addition, the KNEC boss noted that the examination body will upload sample KILEA papers on the portal by July 15, 2022, to help instructors familiarize with the process.

    "KNEC plans to administer a summative assessment, KILEA, to the first cohort of learners at intermediate level between November and December. We will upload sample KILEA papers for schools to access through their portals. This information is to enable you to plan adequately.”

    On June 4, Njerege stated that over 1.25 million students were set to sit for the exam necessary for transitioning to Junior Secondary School under the new system

    To check their registration status, headteachers, parents and candidates can send an SMS to 20076 using the format (Exam)(Index Number).

    Meanwhile, Education Cabinet Secretary, George Magoha, has been inspecting the construction of CBC classrooms for the junior secondary school across the country.

    KCPE Candidates at the Moi Nyeri Complex Primary School on Tuesday, March 8, 2022.
    KCPE Candidates at the Moi Nyeri Complex Primary School on Tuesday, March 8, 2022.
    Ministry of Education
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