Thousands of Candidates who sat for the 2023 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examinations are anxiously waiting for the release of results scheduled for early next week.
Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu affirmed this timeframe in late December, asserting that the fate of the 903,260 candidates would be known “by the second week of January.”
The 2022 KCSE results were released on January 20, 2023.
The significance of the 2023 KCSE results is heightened as they align with the introduction of a new grading system designed to enhance university accessibility.
The revised system which was unveiled in August, reduces the mandatory subjects contributing to the final score from five to two.
According to the new grading system, the compulsory subjects now include Mathematics and any language (English, Kiswahili, or National Sign Language).
The remaining marks will be derived from the five best-performing subjects.
The changes which stem from recommendations by the Presidential Working Party on Education Reforms, aim to elevate university entry qualifications.
The old grading system considered five compulsory subjects (English, Math, Kiswahili, and two sciences) along with two others.
The shift addresses concerns that the previous system disadvantaged students whose strengths did not align with the mandatory cluster.
“The current system is disadvantageous to some learners . We are doing this to allow learners to explore subjects they are good at.” Stated Cs Machogu.
The 2023 candidates will be the second cohort admitted to higher education institutions, universities, and colleges under the new funding model.