Online listing for the Kenya Early Years Assessment (KEYA) which is for Grade 3 learners opened yesterday. The registration process is supposed to run through to August 30 which is exactly two months as from yesterday.
The KEYA portal has been slow because immediately it was opened, many schools logged into the system to register their learners. This congestion caused by schools trying to register earlier made the portal slow.
Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) had earlier clarified that third graders will not be sitting for an exam but instead,KNEC had developed assessment tools to be used by schools to assess competency levels among grade three learners who are currently undertaking the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC)
KNEC acting Chief Executive Secretary Mercy Karogo revealed that the assessment will be carried in all schools across the country after being piloted in select schools in the past and is just one of the tools used to assess competencies of the early learners.
“We are not going to give multiple choice questions to the learners as this is beyond their comprehension. We will not grade them and this will not affect their advancement to the next level. If it is reading, we will give a script to the learner to read or addition and subtraction in Maths,” Karogo said.
The fear by many that without birth certificates learners will not be registered was also cleared after Mercy Karogo said that birth certificates were not a necessary requirement for registration. As long as the learner is captured in the National Education Management System, then they are not required to produce an additional identification document when registering for assessment.