MARKING SCHEME - KCSE 2019 Agriculture Project

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443/3 MS
AGRICULTURE PROJECT
MARKING SCHEME
Paper 3
Jan. - Aug. 2019

THE KENYA NATIONAL EXAMINATIONS COUNCIL

Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education

AGRICULTURE PROJECT: (443/3)

MARKING SCHEME

(CONFIDENTIAL)

This marking scheme is to be used when assessing the candidate’s project.

Each candidate should be provided with a copy of this marking scheme.

PROJECT A: PRODUCTION OF CABBAGES/FINGER MILLET

GUIDELINES FOR MARKING CANDIDATE’S PROJECT REPORT

The project report should be assessed out of 20 marks. The guidelines below should be followed to arrive at an objective score.

 Aspects of the project Report    

Maximum
score

 1  Project title  

- Clearly written
- Appropriate title

 1/2
 1/2
 2  Introduction  - Stating the aim of the project  1
 3  Seedbed/land preparation  

- Clearing the land using pangas/slashers
- Primary cultivation

 1/2
 1/2
 4  

Preparing the land to appropriate tilth using jembes / fork jembes / secondary cultivation

   1/2
 5 Planting  

- Selection of appropriate variety of the crop
- Appropriate preparation of planting materials
- Application of manure/appropriate fertilizer
- Details of planting procedure appropriate to the seeds

1/2
1/2
1/2
11/2
 6  Weed control  

- Time of weed control
- Types of weeds
- Methods of weed control

 11/2
 7  Pest control  

- Types of pests identified
- Nature of damage caused
- Control measures taken

 11/2
 8  Disease control

- Symptoms of diseases identified
- Control measures taken

 1
 9  

 Other crop management practices

- Mulching, thinning, gapping and watering
- Soil and water management

 2
 10  Observations  

- Achievements
- Problems experienced
- Corrective action

 3
 11  Harvesting  

- Method
- Timeliness
- Tools

 11/2
 12  Result/ yield  

- Considering quality and quantity obtained in Relation to the expected outcome/ standards

 2
 13  

Conclusions and recommendations

 

- Consistent with the aim/ management of the project

 1
Total  20 marks

 

PROJECT B: CHICKEN REARING

GUIDELINES FOR MARKING CANDIDATE’S PROJECT REPORT

The project report should be assessed out of 20 marks. The guidelines below should be followed to arrive at an objective score.

 Aspects of the project Report    

Maximum
score

 1  Project title

 

- Appropriate title
- Clearly written

 

 1/2
 1/2
 2  Introduction  - Stating the aim of the project
- Type of birds kept
 1
 1
 3 Housing  

- Description of the cage
- Siting of the cage

 1
 1

 4  

 Feeding

 

- Feeder used and placement
- Appropriate feed and quantity given
- Supplementary feeds provided

 1
 1
 1
 5  Watering  

- Waterers and placement
- Supply of adequate water

 1
 1
 6 Health  

- Disease control
- Parasite / pest control measures

 1
 1
 7 Observation  

- Achievements made, problems encountered and action taken

 2
 8  Illustrations

- Tables/drawings

 2
 9  

Results

- Consider results in relation to the aim and management of project

 2
 10   

Conclusion and Recommendations

 

- Consider consistency of the conclusion with the aims and operations

 2
Total  20 marks

 

PROJECT A: PRODUCTION OF CABBAGES / FINGER MILLET
GUIDELINES FOR MARKING CANDIDATE’S PROJECT

 PARAMETER  INDICATOR  MARKS
 1. Project Portfolio (5 marks)      

File/ folder of evidence exists (physical or electronic)

 1
 Initial project description exists  1
 Pictorial evidences exist  1
 

Pictorial evidence is aligned to milestones

 1
 

The file and evidences are neat and well arranged

 1
  2. SEEDBED / LAND PREPARATION  14
 

(a) Timeliness of land preparation in relation to other candidates (3 marks)

 Late  1
 Moderate  2
 Early  3
 (b) Bush clearing (3 marks)  Slashing  1
 Trash collection/removal  1
 Use of appropriate equipment  1
 (c) Primary cultivation (3 marks)  Deep digging  1
 All weeds removed/destroyed  1
 Soil slices turned  1
 (d) Secondary cultivation (3 marks)  All establishing weeds destroyed  1
 

 Moderate tilth/fine tilth according to crop

 1
 Soil firmed  1
 (e) Correct plot dimensions (1 mark)  The 4 edges x 0.5  1
 (f) Straightness of edges (1 mark)  The 4 edges x 0.5  1
 3. CROP ESTABLISHMENT  12
 

 (a) Timeliness of planting in relation to other candidates (2 marks)

 Late  0
 Moderate  1
 Early  2
 (b) Depth of planting (2 marks)  Too shallow/deep  0
 Moderate  1
 Correct depth  2
 (c) Spacing (2 marks)  Inter row  1
 Intra row  1
 (d) Plant population (3 marks)  Too high/low  1
 Moderate  2
 Correct  3
 (e) Number of plants per hole unit area (1 mark)  Less/more  0
 Correct  1
 (f) Straightness of rows (2 marks)  Lengthwise  1
 Width wise  1
 4. WEED CONTROL  10
 (a) Timeliness (3 marks)  Weedy plot  0
 Moderately weedy  1
 Scanty weeds  2
 Weed free  3
 (b) Thoroughness of weeding (2 marks)  Many weeds persisting  0
 Some weeds persisting  1
 Weed free  2
 (c) Effect of weeding on the crop (3 marks)  Absence of burying  1
 Absence of injury  1
 Absence of exposed roots  1
 (d) Maintenance of plot edges (2 marks)  The 4 edges x 0.5  2
 5. PEST CONTROL  5
 (a) Signs of pest attack (1 mark)  Absence of signs of pest attack  1
 (b) Evidence of pests (1 mark)  Pests absent  1
 (c) Evidence of pest control measures (1 mark)  Presence of pest control measures  1
6. DISEASE CONTROL  5
 (a) Symptoms of disease infection (1 mark)  Absence of symptoms  1
 (b) Evidence of disease (1 mark)  Disease absent  1
 (c) Evidence of disease control measures (1 mark)  

Presence of disease control measures

 1
 

(d) Effectiveness of the pest control measures (2 marks)

 Control measure effective  2
 7. SOIL AND WATER MANAGEMENT  4
 (a) Soil erosion control (1 mark)  Absence of signs  1
 Evidence of soil erosion control  1
 Control measures effective  1
 (b) Soil fertility (1 mark)  Absence of infertility signs  1
 Evidence of fertilizer application  1
 Fertilizers effective  1
 (c) Water conservation (2 marks)  Absence of water wastage  1
 Evidence of water conservation  1
 Conservation measures effective  1
 8. HARVESTING AND HANDLING  5
 (a) Timeliness (1 mark)  As per the crop requirements  1
 (b) Effectiveness of harvesting (4 marks)  Appropriate method used  1
   No spillage  1
   No soiling  1
   Complete harvesting  1
 9. YIELD OBTAINED  5
 

(a) Quantity harvested related to the standard per hectare (3 marks)

 20%  0
 40%  1
 60%  2
 80% - 100%  3
 

(b) Quality harvested compared to other candidates in the class (2 marks)

 Low  0
 Average  1
 High  2
 10 INITIATIVE AND ORIGINALITY  10
 

Consider any other unique practices carried out by a candidate to improve the growth and performance of the crop. Any 5 x 2.

 10
 11. Other cultural practices (any 5 x 1 mark)  5 marks
 TOTAL MARKS  80
 

NOTE: the marks awarded can be reduced in multiples of 1/2 marks depending on the performance of the candidate.

PROJECT B: CHICKEN REARING
GUIDELINES FOR MARKING CANDIDATE’S PROJECT

 PARAMETER   INDICATOR  MARKS
 1. Project Portfolio (5 marks)      

File/ folder of evidence exists (physical or electronic)

 1
 Initial project description exists  1
 Pictorial evidences exist  1
 Pictorial evidence is aligned to milestones  1
 

The file and evidences are neat and well arranged

 1
 2. FEEDING   31/2
 (a) Feeders (1 mark)  Clean  1/2
 Correct height  1/2
 

(b) Feed use (21/marks)

 Correct type  1/2
 Appropriate quantity  1/2
 Fresh  1/2
 Absence of spillage  1/2
 Absence of soiling  1/2
 3. WATERING  31/2
 (a) Waterers (1 mark)  Clean  1/2
 Correct height in relation to age  1/2
 

(b) Water (21/2 marks)

 Appropriate quality  1/2
 Appropriate quantity  1/2
 Fresh  1/2
 Absence of spillage  1/2
 Absence of soiling  1/2
 4. HEALTH OF CHICKEN  8
 (a) Signs of good health (2 marks)  Any 6 x 1/2  2
 (b) Successive weight gain (2 marks)  Any 4 x 1/2  2
 (c) Parasite control (2 marks)  Absence of signs parasite infestation  1/2
 Absence of parasites  1/2
 Evidence of parasites control  1/2
 Effectiveness of control  1/2
 (d) Disease control (2 marks)  Absence of disease symptoms  1/2
 Disease absent  1/2
 Presence of disease control measures  1/2
 Control measure effective  1/2
 5. MANAGEMENT OF DROPPINGS  1
 

(a) Birds kept in wire cages/slatted floors (1 mark)

 

Absence of droppings accumulation on ground floor

 1/2
 

Absence of droppings accumulation on cages / slat floor

 1/2
 (b) Birds in deep litter (1 mark for any 2)  Absence of wetness on litter  1/2
 Suitable litter material  1/2
 Appropriate depth of litter  1/2
 Evidence of litter turning  1/2
 6. GENERAL CLEANLINESS  1
 (a) Absence of dust  1/2
 (b) Absence of cobwebs  1/2
 7. RECORD KEEPING  3
 Records  Health records  1/2
   Weight gain records  1/2
   Feeding  1/2
   Up to date records  1/2
   Accurate records  1/2
   Clean records  1/2
 SUB-TOTAL (for each assessment)  20
TOTAL MARKS (for 4 successive assessments)  80

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