In Summary
  • The 1.78 million candidates will lose a week of their study time after the school calendar was adjusted to allow the census to go on uninterrupted.
  • This is the first time Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha will oversee the tests as minister after having streamlined Knec where he served as chairman, greatly reduced cheating.

As schools open for third term on Monday, learners, parents and teachers will be looking forward to the close of an academic year that has been eventful in and outside the learning institutions.

Probably the biggest event of the year in education has been the rollout of the competency-based curriculum in pre-primary and lower primary.

It is the first time the country has effected a curriculum reform since 1984 when the 8-4-4 system was launched.

The implementation has come with its fair share of success and challenges.

The pioneer Grade Three learners will conclude the two-month national Kenya Early Years Assessment on September 13.

When the Kenya National Examinations Council (Knec) said it would conduct the assessment, there was an outcry as many mistook it for an examination. The issue has since been clarified.

LEARNER PERFORMANCE

All the same, the assessment was marred by confusion, ill-preparedness and logistical challenges before schools closed.

According to an adviser at the Ministry of Education, the purpose of the assessment is to check the progress of learning. “It is like weighing a child when it’s born and progressively doing so in order to determine its nutritional needs,” he said.

Private schools appeared to fare better than public ones in the assessment, further widening the gap in academic performance between the two categories of learning institutions.

At the end of the assessment, experts at Knec will analyse the scores and give feedback to stakeholders, like the Teachers Service Commission to train tutors and the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) to assess the effectiveness of the curriculum.

KCSE, KCPE

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