CBC Task Force Report: The Competency Based Curriculum (CBC) task force report has recommended, under the 2-6-3-3-3-education system, a mix of school-based assessments and national examinations..
Children in Kenya will take three different examinations at three different stages before joining secondary schools. Under the Competency-Based Curriculum, children will sit a final examination at the end of primary school, just like KCPE, but this test will not entirely decide their secondary school.
Transition from Grade 6 to secondary school will be based on a hybrid model involving a combination of CATs (Classroom Assessment Techniques and KNEC tests.
Learners will be required to take CATs at the end of Grades 4, 5 and 6 that will be part of the final mark the learners get at the end of primary school.
Each CAT will carry 20 per cent of the final mark. This means the three CATs will cumulatively account for 60 per cent of the final score.
The remaining 40 per cent will be from the Kenya National Examination Council exam to be issued administered the end of Grade 6. The cumulative score the learner will get will determine the secondary school they will join.
“The Junior Secondary School assessment will facilitate placement in Senior Secondary School Pathways and Tracks, while the Senior Secondary School assessment will facilitate transition into Tertiary and University Education and Training,” reads the Competency Based Curriculum (CBC) task force report.
Strikingly, learners who, in 2022, will be in Grade 6 under the 2-6-6-3 system and those in Standard 8 under the 8-4-4 education system will concurrently transition to Junior Secondary Grade 7 and Secondary Form 1, respectively.
“For effectiveness of transition from primary to secondary education of the CBC and 8-4-4 cohorts and domiciling of Junior Secondary School in the Basic Education structure, critical issues that will influence the double transitions need to be addressed,” reads CBC task force report.