May 20, 2024

MoE move to change grading structure of KCSE exams

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MoE move to change grading structure of KCSE exams

The Ministry of Education (MoE) to change the grading structure of KCSE exams to reflect the dominant aptitudes and interests of learners

The Ministry of Education (MoE) to change the grading structure of KCSE exams to reflect the dominant aptitudes and interests of learners.

According to the Principal Secretary for Basic Education, Belio Kipsang, the Ministry of Education is planning to alter the grading system for the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) exams to reflect the students’ predominate aptitudes and interests.

Kipsang stated that the grading will consider the students’ literacy and numeracy skills.

The best five subjects will be included in the learners’ overall grade, he added, rather than being graded across subject clusters as it has been since the introduction of the 8.4.4 system of education.

The PS made the remarks during a briefing on the status of the implementation of the recommendations of the presidential working party on education reforms to the members of the Departmental Committee on Education of the National Assembly at a Mombasa Hotel on Monday, 18, Sep, 2023.

The report of PWPER made recommendations on assessment and included a review of the grading system of KCSE to accord with the international standards that inform the grading of students at KCSE.

Kipsang said the grading in any national education system is for certification and not placement of students in higher education.

He said the integration of certification and placement in KCSE grading structure has disadvantaged many students with different orientations in abilities and interests.

He said literacy and numeracy abilities will be taken into account in grading.

However, the Principal Secretary stated that in addition to their results in mathematics and either English or Kiswahili, students in the remaining cohort of the 8.4.4 will also be graded on their achievement in five other courses.

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He claimed that a student with aptitude and desire in engineering or medicine shouldn’t be disqualified from enrolling in those courses just because the subject utilized to assess him reduced his total Mean Grade.

Additionally, Kipsang stated that the National Government Administration Officers (NGAO) would be integrated into the County Education Board (CEB) system.

He said membership of County Commissioners in CEB will ensure that regulations and instructions are enforced and that harmony is established in an environment with different cultural and other diversities.

Kipsang said the recommendations of the PWPER was about improving efficiency and effectiveness of the delivery of education services.

“The current policy thrust of education is not only keen on ensuring that all children attend school. It is also as much keen, if not keener, that all children get optimal learning experience, regardless of the social background, physical or mental condition.

The Deputy Chair of the Departmental Committee, Hon. Malulu Injendi said the Ministry should enable the Committee to understand all the dynamics of the reforms to enable it to support the policy and legislative proposals that the PWPER recommended.

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