University entry requirements to change as ministry adopts new KCSE grading system

University entry requirements to change as ministry adopts new KCSE grading system

Education ministry officials pictured during the release of 2023 KCSE results. Photo: Ministry of Education/X.

Students waiting to join Universities, TVET institutions and colleges will now be subjected to a new procedures to pursue courses of their choices after the Ministry of Education introduced a new grading system.

Making the announcement during the release of the 2023 KCSE results in Eldoret on Monday, Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu said entry requirements for the students have changed, to allow more students pursue 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 system, the overall grade of KCSE results has considered Mathematics, the best performed 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.

The CS said the move is aimed at ensuring candidates have mandatory literacy (English or Kiswahili) and numeracy skills (mathematics) to enable them pursue their careers in TVET institutions, universities and colleges.

In this regard, Machogu directed the Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS) and universities to align their 15 cluster points and entry requirements with the new reforms to avoid disadvantaging the candidates.

"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. 

The 2023 KCSE candidates wishing to join TVET institutions will be admitted in March 2024.


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