The Kenyan national examining body in Kenya i.e The Kenya National Examinations Council has announced that it will train primary school teachers for marking of the upcoming Grade six national assessment tests that will be done in December this year.
These category of teachers will be taken through a training program on how to administer, mark and award scores for the over one million learners who will sit for the above examinations.
In last year, Teachers Service Commission (TSC) trained more than 150,000 teachers to handle the grade 6 learners
The Kenya national examinations council normally trains teachers to become examiners who are later on paid when involved in marking of national exams.
However,it should be noted that when teachers train as examiners, they usually pay for the training from their pockets.
As per to the CS Education Cabinet Secretary professor magoha, the exams have been printed and are ready for administering later this year, 2022 December.
The registration of both the Grade 6 exams together with KCPE and KCSE starts in this week and will end on 14th May according to a circular by Knec.
The Education cs. has further warned school heads against charging parents for registration of Grade 6, KCPE and KCSE examinations which shall be done in December
According to professor magoha, sh 5 billion has been set aside by the government this year for managing those examinations.
According to Knec chair John Onsati, Grade 6 exams will be done in November and December this year.
November/ December new exam will be called Kenya Primary Education Assessment (KPEA), which will be administered under the Competence Based Curriculum (CBC) and this will replace the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE)
In KPA assessment there are no multiple choices unlike in 8.4.4 system of education
The assessments at the end of Grades 3, 4, and 5 are each worth 20 points and will add up to a total of 60 points at the end of Grade 5.
Learners will sit for KPEA at the end of Grade 6 which be marked out of 40 marks, adding up to a total of 100 marks in primary school.
This implies that assessments in each grade count in the pupil’s final score, unlike the 8-4-4 system where pupils were graded only after sitting for KCPE exams.
Grade six learners will transition to junior secondary at Grade 7 in January next year after sitting their final assessment test