Knec Assessments for Grade 4 and Class 8 are ready and Knec has released them together with the required instruction guidelines.
School heads are expected to log to the Knec portal using the school username and password issued by KNEC as used during MLP and KCPE examination registration purposes
However the Assessments are expected to start officially on Monday for Class 8 and Grade 4 and will be administered from 19th to 23rd October, 2020
Scoring and uploading of learners’ assessment scores
Knec has released the procedure to be used to score and upload learners’ scores after the assessment: Scoring shall commence immediately after the administration of the assessment tools.
The scoring guides shall be released on the KNEC portal a day after the assessment of the tools.
Teachers shall singly or in collaboration with other teachers in the school, score the learners’ work guided by the scoring guides provided;
Knec also said teachers may do uploading of the scores online or offline;
After uploading the learners’ details and scores, the teacher responsible shall hand over the scoresheets to the headteacher.
The scoring and uploading process shall be completed not later than ten (10) days after completion of the assessment.
The instructions for Mathematics Grade 4 seen by Teachers Arena read as below;
KNEC ADVANCE INSTRUCTIONS FOR MATHEMATICS GRADE 4
1.0 Printing Instructions for ALL Mathematics Assessment tools
The person(s) printing all Mathematics assessment tools should be advised:
1.1 to set the printer to A4 paper and actual size to avoid re-sizing of scaled drawings;
1.2 NOT to adjust the page margins as this may lead to distortion of diagrams;
1.3 to ensure re-sizing does not occur during photocopying.
2.0 Instructions for specific questions in the Mathematics tool for Grade 4
2.1 Instructions for ALL learners in the regular pathway
Questions 2 and 28 shall require prior preparations as follows:
2.1.1 For Question 2, a manilla paper will be required. The teacher should write all the letters of the alphabet in their correct order on the manilla paper. During assessment, the teacher will randomly point at any ONE letter between the 15th and 20th position and ask each learner to identify its position.
2.1.2 For Question 28, the teacher shall provide the learner with five different Kenyan currency notes (Ksh 1000, Ksh 500, Ksh 200, Ksh 100, Ksh 50). The teacher shall display any ONE currency note and ask each learner to identify.
2.2 Instructions for learners in the regular pathway with Visual Impairment
2.2.1 For Question 29, the teacher will be required to take the learner to a familiar place within the school environment ask the learner to point at the direction of the head teacher’s office (which should be to the left).
The teacher will ask the learner to tell the direction.
2.2.2 For Question 30, the teacher will be required to provide the learner with the following cut-outs: triangle, circle, rectangle, square and oval.
2.8 Materials to be accounted for at the end of the assessment
Knec also said at the end of the assessment, the headteacher should keep the following documents:
i. Learners’ assessment tools;
ii. Hard copies of score-sheets;
ii. Any reports arising from the assessment.
Role of the Headteacher in the Assessment
The headteacher is responsible for ensuring that assessment in the school is conducted according to the KNEC guidelines. The headteacher is therefore expected to perform the following roles:
Providing accurate information on learners and other administrative aspects of the school;
- Liaising with the SCDE (in the case of new schools/schools that are not in the KNEC portal) to be issued with a username and password by KNEC for purposes of accessing the assessment portal;
- Briefing the teachers on the conduct of the assessment;
- Ensuring that all learners are provided with the appropriate assessment tools;
- Ensuring that the assessment is conducted in the normal school assessment setting;
- Verifying and confirming that all learners are accounted for and that their biodata are accurately captured on the assessment portal (including details of learners with special needs and disabilities);
- Ensuring that all those involved in the assessment adhere to the COVID-19 health and safety protocols;
- Ensuring secure storage of assessment tools and all other related materials;
- Handing over the assessment tools and scoring guides to the teachers at the appropriate times as stipulated on the assessment schedules (timetables);
- Ensuring that all learners’ scores are accounted for at the end of the assessment by uploading their scores for all subjects/learning areas within the stipulated timelines and providing information on learners who are absent;
- Ensuring secure storage ofthe hard copies of score-sheets and other assessment records;
- Ensuring that all questionnaires are duly filled and submitted to KNEC;
- Supervising the conduct of the assessment throughout the process to ensure adherence to guidelines;
- Liaising with their respective SCDE for assistance in case of any challenge;
- Reporting to the SCDE on the conduct of the assessment.
Role of the Teacher in the Assessment
The teacher administering the assessment is expected to perform the following roles:
Receive advance instructions for the conduct ofassessment from the headteacher (where applicable) and prepare appropriately;
- Prepare the classroom(s) to be used for administration of the assessment;
- Brief the learners on what is expected of them during the conduct of assessment;
- Administer the assessment in accordance to the instructions provided for each tool and in adherence to COVID-19 health and safety protocols;
- Receive the assessment tools and related materials from the headteacher
- Score and upload the learners’ details and scores on the assessment portal within the stipulated time and indicate learners who are absent as AB;
- Hand over the scoresheets and other assessment materials to the headteacher.