The Kenya National Examinations Council, KNEC, has released instructions for execution of project/ practical based subjects for this year’s Kenya Certificate of Secondary Exams, KCSE. Via a circular dated 17th January, 2019 the examination council instructs examination centres to download instructions for this year’s projects/ practicals via its official portal at: http://www.knec-portal.ac.ke
“The 2019 KCSE examination will commence with group IV subjects which have a project component; Art and Design (442/3), Agriculture (443/3), wood work (444/2), Metal Work (445/2), Building Construction (446/2) and Computer Studies (451/3),” reads, in part, the Circular by Dr. Mercy Karogo, the Acting Chief Executive Officer to the Council.
In the circular, the projects’ timelines have been given thus:
To download the instructions, schools and Sub- county Directors of Education are advised to log onto the KNEC. “All school principals and Sub- county Directors of Education (in of private candidates) with candidates who have registered for the subjects (Project based subjects; group 4) are required to log onto the KNEC Website: http://www.knec-portal.ac.ke and click on 2019 Project/ Practical button to download all the instructions related to the subjects the candidates are registered for,” Dr Karogo says.
In order to ensure that the projects/ practicals are being carried out as per the outlined timelines, KNEC has introduced two innovations relating to the assessment of the group iv subjects. “The projects’ assessment will have two (02) key milestones, which must be completed by March 31st and July 15th, 2019,” Dr Karogo says.
According to KNEC, the subject teachers are expected to upload candidates’ scores and pictorial evidence (portfolio) on the project portal; at the end of each milestone. This is a deviation from the past where subject teachers uploaded collated students’ scores at the end of the practical/ project period; mostly in September/ October. “The Pictorial evidence should be photographs of the candidates with their work, in either Graphics Interface Format (.gif) or JPEG (.jpg) format (These two are photograph formats obtained by using a digital Camera). Each candidate’s pictorial evidence should show the candidate’s name and KCSE examination index number,” Karogo explains.
This is in a bid by the Council to discourage last minute rushes and allegations that impersonators assist candidates in executing the projects/ practicals. “The Kenya National Examinations Council will closely monitor the project progress and authenticity of the scores of all project/ practical for the candidates who registered for the 2019 KCSE examination in the school at different times in the course of project/ practical implementation. The school and individual candidates will be expected to compile and maintain a portfolio (file) of evidence on the progress of the project work to be presented to the monitoring officers,” KNEC warns.
The Council says it has, in the past, noted that the subject teachers do not key the candidates’ scores as required and. KNEC, thus, warns that it will not process and release 2019 KCSE results for candidates whose scores have not been appropriately captured.
The registration exercise for candidates wishing to sit the 2019 national examinations is ongoing and expected to come to a close on 15th February, 2019.