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Ministry of Education Announces New Changes in KCSE Grading System

Ministry of Education Announces New Changes in KCSE Grading System

The Ministry of Education has introduced a revamped grading system set to take effect in the outcome of the 2023 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examination.

According to the novel grading structure, the mean grade calculation will now consider only two compulsory subjects—Mathematics and a language, which can be English, Kiswahili, or Kenyan Sign Language. Education CS Ezekiel Machogu emphasized this significant change during the release of Form one placement results for the 2023 KCPE candidates at Lenana School in Nairobi on December 18, 2023.

In addition to the two obligatory subjects, the Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) will factor in the five best-performed subjects by each candidate. CS Machogu underscored that this reform aims to increase the number of students eligible for admission to universities, diploma programs, and Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) programs at certificate and artisan levels.

Traditionally, the KCSE exam grading system involved seven subjects, including English, Kiswahili, Mathematics, two Science subjects, and two additional subjects.

The adjustment comes in response to concerns raised by the Presidential Working Party on Education reforms, highlighting that the previous 8-4-4 grading system disadvantaged some learners whose top-performing subjects were not recognized if they did not align with a specific cluster.

CS Machogu announced that the results for the 2023 KCSE Exam are set to be released in the second week of January. The examination, which took place from October 23 to November 24, included a total of 903,260 candidates.

In an interview with the Nation, Machogu disclosed that the current focus is on verifying the marks, stating, “We are done with the marking. What we are currently doing is compiling the marks, verification and validation. So that by the end of the day we release credible results.”

Ministry Announces Changes in KCSE Grading System


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