C+ (Plus) And B- (Minus) Likely To Miss University Direct Entry. The Ministry of Education has recently introduced comprehensive changes to the administration of national examinations for this year. Simultaneously, the new grading system for the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) will be immediately implemented.
The upcoming examination period, scheduled from October 30 to November 24, will witness a substantial 3.5 million candidates undertaking various national exams, including the Kenya Primary Schools Examinations (KPSEA), Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE), and KCSE.
Ezekiel Machogu, the Education Cabinet Secretary, revealed that the revamped grading structure for KCSE will now require candidates to compute their mean grade based on just two mandatory subjects.
Mathematics is designated as the first compulsory subject, while the second can be chosen from English, Kiswahili, or Kenyan Sign Language—whichever yields a higher score for the candidate.
This reform aims to streamline the examination process and is anticipated to augment the number of students qualifying for university admission, diploma courses, and Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) programs at certificate and artisan levels. Education Cabinet Secretary Machogu emphasized the collaborative effort involved in reaching these decisions, stating,
C+ (Plus) And B- (Minus) Likely To Miss University Direct Entry
“We have today met here with all the key stakeholders to discuss the new grading structure that will be implemented in the 2023 KCSE exam.”
The traditional requirement of examining candidates in five mandatory subjects across three cluster groups, encompassing mathematics, English, Kiswahili, two sciences, and one humanity, has undergone a significant transformation as reported during a press briefing on the 2023 KCSE by various media houses.