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Government introduces new KCSE grading system for university entry requirements

University entry requirements to change as the government through the Ministry of Education adopts a new KCSE grading system.

Following the introduction of a new grading system by the Ministry of Education, students who are waiting to enroll in universities, TVET institutions, and colleges will now have to go through additional procedures in order to follow the courses of their choosing.

Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu made the statement on Monday during the 2023 KCSE results announcement in Eldoret. 

He stated that the new entry requirements will let more students to enroll in the courses of their choice.

“In a departure from tradition, this is the first KCSE examination results to be released under a new grading structure that was implemented in the 2023 KCSE examination. The reviewed grading system was approved by the Council as per Council Resolution No. 2/C 18th September/ 2023/1,” Machogu announced.

Under the new system, the overall grade of KCSE results has considered Mathematics, the best-performing language subject among English/Kiswahili/Kenyan Sign Language and the best performed five subjects.

“The new reform measure will allow a larger number of students to pursue courses of their choice at the universities, Diploma and TVET training at Certificate and Artisan levels than was previously when the grading was more restrictive,” Machogu added.

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According to the CS, the purpose of the new system is to guarantee that applicants possess the required literacy (English or Kiswahili) and numeracy (mathematics) abilities to seek professions in TVET establishments, universities, and colleges.

In order to prevent candidates from being at a disadvantage, Machogu instructed the Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS) and universities to align their entry requirements and 15 cluster points with the new changes.

“Additionally, I direct KUCCPS to mount a robust career awareness campaign among the 2023 KCSE candidates to ensure all students understand the new TVET and universities entry requirements under the Higher Education Funding Model that was launched last year,” he said further. 

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