The Kenya National Examination Council (Knec) has confirmed that they have opened the portal for sixth form students to select the Junior Secondary Schools.Knec chairman David Njengere was open from Monday 15 and the selection procedure will be completed on 30 August 2022.
Njengere noted that despite the school closures, the portal was opened to give students time to choose their preferred secondary school.
For selection, students were asked to log into the portal, select the Grade Six registry and choose their preferred schools.They will choose an option from two national, two regional, two provincial, four sub-provinces and two private schools of their choice.
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The method used in the JSS selection is similar to the Form One placement by Standard Eight students. Particularly for the JSS selection, students will work closely with their school leaders and teachers.
There are over 10,487 high schools across the country – 8,933 public and 1,554 private.A total of 1,268,830 Grade Six students are expected to graduate to JSS.
KNEC had established guidelines for the Grade Six 2022 national exams.
Njengere explained that the final Kenya Primary School Education Assessment (KPSEA) for Grade Six will be presented in multiple choice format.
He indicated that the Grade Six exams, KPSEA, follow the basic education curriculum framework, guidelines unveiled in 2019 by the Ministry of Education.
The framework was developed by the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD). Grades three, four, five and part of the national sixth grade assessments are formative, while the students receive a summative assessment at the end of the sixth grade.
The summative assessment contributes to 40 percent of students’ scores. They will have obtained their 60 percent from school-based assessments.
Parents and some students were wary that the exams would not follow the multiple choice format but the format used in the administration of the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Examinations (KCSE).
In the summative assessment, sixth grade students are assessed in five subjects, including Mathematics and English on the first day, Integrated Science and Kiswahili on the second day, and Creative Arts and Social Studies on the third day.