Parents of learners in Grade Three seem to have now been plunged into a total confusion after the government announced there would be no national exams for the young learners at that level.
The latest announcement came barely a week after Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) released fresh guidelines to school heads instructing them to start enrolling Grade Three pupils for what is known as Kenya Early Years Assessment (KEYA) under the new curriculum.
However, addressing senators in Naivasha on Wednesday, July 3, Education CS George Magoha clarified there would be no exams at Grade Three and that pupils will sit the national exams at the end of Grade Nine and Grade 12 under the Competency Based Curriculum (CBC).
“There are certain ambiguities and I want to correct them with finality…As government, we have decided there will be an examination after Year Nine (Grade Nine) and Year 12 (Grade 12),” the CS said even as he admitted there could have been some confusion.
Learners are expected to spend two years at the pre-primary level; six years in lower and upper primary; three years in junior secondary school; three years in senior secondary school; and three years at the university level under the 2-6-3-3-3 education system.
Deliberations are reportedly ongoing on whether or not pupils will still sit the end of primary education exams, referred to as Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) under the 8-4-4 system.
More to follow…
Source: Tuko Newspaper