KNEC latest News today. The Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) is creating a new grading scheme for Form Four candidates using the 8-4-4 system.
The 8-4-4 education structure provided for exams that were primarily summative for certification and placement, according to the recommendations given by the Presidential Working Party on Education Reforms (PWPER), according to Chief Executive David Njengere.
Kenya has used the same grading system for a very long period, and despite minor adjustments, PWPER recognized the issue and called for a review of the grading system after seeing how the issue had persisted over time.
KNEC latest News today
According to the working group, the KCSE grading system takes into account seven subjects:
- Mathematics, two sciences and
- two other subjects.
This disadvantages some students whose best-performing subject is not taken into account if it is not in the cluster.
While Math and any Science subject assess a learner’s numerical abilities, English and Kiswahili gauge their reading skills.
The official added, “We have used the grading system for a very long time, and we have attempted to tweak it here and there.
I am delighted PWPER has identified that problem and recommended we look at our grading system.
He said this as part of the 39th Association for Educational Assessment in Africa (AEAA) conference, which Prime Cabinet Secretary Musalia Mudavadi was presiding over.
PWPER suggested that the KCSE examination mean score be calculated by KNEC using the three best-performing subjects—
- English, or Kiswahili—and
- five additional courses.
He claimed that other Anglophone nations like:
- Tanzania, and
- Uganda do not do as well as Kenya, and that this scenario needs to be addressed.