Assessment practices in Kenyan primary schools and their effect on learning

Assessment practices in Kenyan primary schools and their effect on learning

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Assessment practices in Kenyan primary schools and their effect on learning

Assessment is a crucial component of education as it facilitates improvement in learning among students and helps to pass judgment on the entire learning process.  ,Good assessment practices are an epitome of effective learning.  ,In Kenya, summative assessment is conducted by the Kenya National Examinations Council while formative assessment is done at the school level.  ,Most emphasis however, has been put on the summative assessment to the extent that it “,directs”, teaching and learning. ,The purpose of the study was to find out if there was a difference in performance when a test was administered as a multiple choice and when the same test is structured.  ,Tests in English and Mathematics were administered to a sample of 520 pupils drawn from 11 primary schools randomly selected from 11 districts. , ,The results indicated that pupils have statistically higher means scores in multiple choice tests than in structured tests.  ,Most teachers preferred the use of multiple choice tests than structured.  ,It can be conclude that teachers are teaching for the examinations and not for learning. This in essence points to the negative influence that examinations are having on teaching.

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