2022 is blown in the printing, administering and marking process of exams is likely to have Kenya saving billions of money.
With the Optical Mark Recognition by the Kenya National Examination Council which electronically scored the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education in 2021, the same shall be applied this year.
A revelation from the Kenya National Examination Council indicate that the upcoming Competency Based Curriculum’s Kenya Primary School Education Assessment national examination will be purely in multiple-choice questions that can easily be marked using the new technology and teachers will not be contacted.
The above move has seen teachers stripped of an opportunity to mark the final national examination in primary school, something that has been a norm with the former Kenya Certificate for Primary Education.
Following the sentiments made by the KNEC CBC coordinator Ann Ngatia, this machine marks the candidates’ work by capturing their answer sheets using specialized scanning.
Ngatia added that the new machines work with a dedicated scanning device that shines a beam of light on the candidate’s paper.
This change is great departure from the previous years where marking took hours, but with this new machines , they mark the candidate’s scripts in bunches of 100 and 200 sheets thus taking the shortest time.
CBC classes of Grade 3, 4, 5 and 6 started sitting for their School Based Assessment examination that started last week provides online copies that schools download and print for their learners to have a feel of what the national examination will be.