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KUCCPS responds to calls to lower university entry grade

KUCCPS responds to calls to lower university entry grade from C+ days after the release of 2022 KCSE results.

Calls have been mounting for the government to reconsider the cut-off mark to accommodate more candidates into universities increased. 

The number of students joining university has been on the decline since the government introduced strict measures to curb cheating in KCSE exams.

This year, out of the 841,416 candidates who sat for the 2022 KCSE exams, only 173,345 students scored C+. 

The figure denoted that 668,071 candidates (79 percent) failed to attain the minimum entry slot. 

The figures led to a push by parents for the government to lower the minimum entry grade to accommodate more students and subsequently achieve the 100 percent transition. 

Agnes Wahome, CEO of Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS), criticized the effort, saying that the government had no choice but to maintain the country’s high educational standards.

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She mentioned that candidates could choose to earn a degree via a diploma and said that institutions had made it simpler for pupils to do so.

The head of KUCCPS also confirmed that the government had previously cut the entry-level threshold to the present C+ standard.

“No, we cannot lower the education standard to accommodate the majority. If you look, the number has been lowering in the past years. What we are doing is encouraging candidates to transition from diploma to degree and universities have made it easier for this to happen,” she noted. 

Wahome also affirmed that the expected timeline for KUCCPS to open the portal for the revision of courses would be from two to three weeks after the release of the national examinations. 

“We usually get the results from the Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) before we prepare the portal for revision of courses. So it takes two to three weeks after the release of the exams hence expect it around mid-February,” she affirmed. 

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