Govt. develops assessment tools for children transiting to primary one

By Claire Wanja

The Ministry of Education has developed a tool that will eliminate the practice of giving academic test and interviews to young children as a condition of joining standard one.

The tool, code-named the Kenya School Readiness Assessment Tool (KSRAT) and Assessors Guide, will now be used to assess what learners about to join Primary School is able to do in line with the chronological age and development of the learners .

The Cabinet Secretary for Education, Dr. Fred Matiang’i said that the government will not compromise the quality of education by allowing commercial tests to be administered in the institutions of learning.

“This is tantamount to child abuse and defrauding the parents of hard earned money besides the negative impact the practice has on the young children,” Dr. Matiang’i said in a speech delivered on his behalf by the Principal Secretary for Basic Education, Dr. Belio Kipsang during the launch of the tool at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) on Tuesday.

Dr. Matiang’i said the use of the tool will improve educational efficiency and reduce the chances of failure in primary school and beyond.

The Cabinet Secretary appealed to the county governments, partners and other stakeholders to ensure implementation and sustainability of KSRAT in our learning institutions

“I call upon County Governments and development partners to provide financial and material support ensure continuous printing of the assessment tool for all the children aged between five to six years transiting to primary one from now henceforth.”

The National Chairperson of the County Education Executives Caucus (CEC), Dr. Jamleck Muturi said they will do all they can to implement the tool in the Early Childhood Development (ECD) schools within their respective jurisdictions.

Under Section 34(4) of the Basic Education Act, 2012, no public school shall administer any test related to admission of a child to a public school or cause a person to administer such test unless such a test is for purposes of placing the child at an appropriate level of education.

The Basic Education Regulations, 2015 protects learners transiting from a pre-primary school to primary school of a parent’s or guardian’s choice shall not be subjected entry examination except as provided for in section, to any interview or admission fee.

Present during the occasion included the Principal Secretary designate for Technical and Vocational Training, Dr.  Dina Mwinzi, Secretary/CEO KICD, Dr. Jwan Ouma, and Acting Director, Quality Assurance and Standards, Mr. Pius Mutisya.

 

 

 

 

  

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