The Ministry of Education has unveiled a transformative grading system for the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) exams.
This adjustment is anticipated to bolster the number of students advancing to tertiary education.
In a major departure from the previous structure, Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu declared that from this year onwards, only two mandatory subjects, Mathematics and one chosen language (either English, Kiswahili, or Kenyan Sign Language), will be considered for the mean grade calculation.
Previously, students had to account for five compulsory subjects from three clusters, which included Mathematics, English, Kiswahili, two sciences, and a humanity.
“Alongside the two essential subjects, the Kenya National Examinations Council will also factor in any other top five scores,” Machogu explained.
Moreover, he shed light on the ongoing revision of entry prerequisites for preservice teacher education programs such as the Diploma in Primary Teacher Education (DPTE) and the Diploma in Early Childhood Teacher Education (DECTE), signaling a shift in admission criteria and subject cluster necessities for teacher trainees.