KNEC chief executive officer David Njengere has clarified why Grade 6 learners did not write Insha and Composition.
Unlike KCPE, Grade 6 learners will write five assessment papers, which do not include Insha and Composition.
Njengere said KPSEA which only contributes to 40 per cent of the total grading has already catered to the creative needs of the learners.
In KCPE learners are assessed once after 8 years, but right from Grade 4 learners are tested in both Insha and Composition,” Njengere said.
Some parents had raised concerns saying the two subjects would have tested learners’ creativity.
Njengere said progressive assessment in CBC helps in improving competencies.
“So KPSEA is actually providing the learner with more opportunities to write and boost creativity for both languages,” he said.
On Wednesday, the Grade 6 will finish their maiden assessment with Creative Arts and Social Studies.
For Grade 6 the subjects have been clustered into five categories.
Integrated Science contains Science and Technology, Agriculture, Home Science, and Physical Health.
Creative Arts and Social Studies include Social studies, Christian, Islamic and Hindu education, arts and crafts, and music.
Summative assessments contribute 60 per cent while the two school-based assessments contribute 20 per cent each.
Unlike in the KCPE exams where candidates are rated out of 100 per cent, KPSEA will account for only 40 per cent of the final score.
The other 60 per cent will come from the classroom-based continuous assessment tests conducted in Grades 4, 5 and 6.
In the second term, teachers in primary schools administered more than four exams.
According to a timetable released by Kenya National Examinations Council, Grades 3, 4 and 5 learners were assessed from July 18.
“Schools will be able to access Grade 4, 5 and 6 practical subjects from July 18 to August 15, and should be uploaded by September 16,” the timetable reads.
Two weeks after completing this, teachers gave written tests to Grade 6 learners from August 29 to September 9.
That was the final assessment given to Grade 6 learners before KPSEA.