The Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) has completed assessing the quality of teaching and learning of desired skills and competences appropriate to Form Two students.
The three day study, which was completed last week, was aimed at assessing learners’ acquisition of specific competencies spelt out in specific subjects/ learning areas the curriculum prescribes.
The Head of the National Assessment Centre (NAC), Dr. Asumpter Matei, said the study targeted 250 secondary schools in 30 Counties across the country which is under the Secondary Education Quality Improvement Project (SEQIP).
The Project which is being funded by the World Bank is targeting the most educationally and economically, disadvantaged areas, as well as the poorest and most vulnerable children in 110 educationally and economically disadvantaged sub-counties in 30 counties.
Dr. Matei said the baseline study administered achievement tests in Mathematics, English, Kiswahili, Biology, Chemistry and Physics to establish the status of the effectiveness of teaching and learning that has been taking place in the regions.
‘The study sought to collect data on student, teacher, principal and school variables that impact upon learner achievement ahead of the implementation of the Project,” Matei said.
The project aims to improve student learning in secondary education and transition from primary to secondary education in targeted areas.
The key performance indicators are average student test score in science subjects at Form 2 at public schools in targeted sub-counties, average student test score in Mathematics at Form 2 at public schools in targeted sub-counties, and transition rate from primary to secondary education in targeted sub-counties.
The project targets 7,852 public Primary schools and 2,147 public Secondary schools in the targeted 110 sub-counties in 30 Counties.
The sub-counties experience high incidence of poverty, low retention on rates at primary level, and low transition rates from primary to secondary level.
The beneficiaries of the project include, 600,000 students in upper primary grades 7 and 8, 600,000 students in the four grades of secondary level, Form 1-4, 17,000 primary and 8,500 secondary science, mathematics and English (SME) teachers in the targeted schools.
The Kenya National Examinations Council’s National Assessment Centre is conducting the study on behalf of the Ministry of Education.
Dr. Matei said that although the National Centre has undertaken studies akin to this in the past, this study deviates from the previous ones as it is acting as a Baseline for Secondary Education Quality Improvement Project (SEQIP).