KNEC Circular: Administration of 2024 Grade 7, Grade 8, and Prevocational Level School Based Assessments


The Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) has issued a comprehensive circular outlining the procedures for administering the School Based Assessment (SBA) for Grade 7, Grade 8, and Prevocational Level students in Term 2 of the academic year 2024. This directive, communicated to Sub County Directors of Education, Heads of Junior Schools, and Heads of Prevocational Level Schools, aims to ensure standardized assessment practices and facilitate efficient data management.

Quick Summary

  • KNEC will upload School Based Assessment tools for Grade 7, Grade 8, and Prevocational Level on the KNEC CBA portal.
  • Schools are required to administer the assessments, score the outcomes, and upload the results on the CBA portal within the specified timeframe.
  • Assessment tools will be provided in both PDF and digital formats, with instructions for accessing and utilizing each format outlined in the circular.
  • Teachers will assess learners based on performance-based tasks and utilize scoring guides provided by KNEC.
  • A detailed user manual, available on the CBA portal, offers step-by-step guidance on accessing, administering, and uploading assessment data.
  • Schools are encouraged to prioritize digital access to assessment tools to minimize printing costs, although PDF format remains an option for those facing technological challenges.
  • Materials required for assessments should be sourced from the immediate school environment or improvised as necessary.

Accessing Assessment Tools

  • Schools can access assessment tools via the KNEC CBA portal using their login credentials.
  • Learners can access digital format tools using their assessment numbers, while PDF format tools are available to schools for distribution to students.
  • The CBA portal dashboard will feature buttons for accessing assessment tools in both formats.

Administration Guidelines

  • Teachers are responsible for administering assessments, guiding students through performance-based tasks, and scoring outcomes.
  • Assessment tools with color images should be printed in color or loaded onto digital devices for optimal viewing.
  • Learners are expected to provide responses on separate answer sheets provided by the school.

Record Keeping

  • Headteachers are tasked with maintaining records and evidence generated from the assessments, ensuring data integrity and accountability.
GradeSubjectDate to be accessed
12.1Grade 7 (Subjects with Project, Practicals/ & Performance Tasksi) Agriculture & Nutrition ii) Creative Arts and Sports iii) CRE iv) Integrated Science1st July 2024
12.2Grade 8 (Subjects with Project, Practica/ & Performance Tasks)i) Agriculture & Nutrition ii) Creative Arts and Sports iii) Social Studies iv) IRE v)      Integrated Science1st July 2024
12.3Grade 7 (Written tests)i) Mathematics ii) English iii) Kiswahili iv) Kenyan Sign Language v) Social Studies vi) CRE/IRE/HRE vii) Integrated Science viii) Creative Arts and Sports ix) Pre-Technical Studies
12.4Grade 8 (Written tests)i) Mathematics ii) English iii) Kiswahili iv) Kenyan Sign Language v) CRE/HRE vi) Integrated Science vii) Creative Arts and Sports viii) Pre-Technical Studies
12.5SNE Prevocational Level (Performance tasks)i) Communication ii) Social and Literacy Skills iii) Religious Education (CRE/IRE/HRE) iv) Daily Living Skills v) Environmental Activities vi) Hygiene Nutrition and Safety vii) Mathematical Activities viii) Music and Movement ix) Physical and Health Education x) Pre-Vocation Skills Social Studies


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