The Ministry of Education has issued a new grading system, which will be implemented in the results of the 2023 KCSE exam.
As per the new grading structure, only two compulsory subjects will be used in calculating the mean grade.
“In the new grading system that will be applied to the 2023 KCSE exam, the only two mandatory subjects will be Mathematics and one language, (English, Kiswahili or Kenyan Sign Language),”stated Education CS Ezekiel Machogu.
Apart from the two mandatory subjects, KNEC will take into account the five best-performed subjects by the candidate.
Cs Machogu emphasized that this reform is expected to augment the number of students eligible for university admission, diploma programs, and TVET training at certificate and artisan levels.
Over the years, the KCSE exam grading system encompassed seven subjects, including English, Kiswahili, Mathematics, two Science subjects, and two additional subjects.
According to the Presidential Working Party on Education reforms, the previous 8-4-4 grading system disadvantaged certain learners whose top-performing subjects were overlooked if they did not fall within a specific cluster.
On Monday, CS Machogu announced that the results for the 2023 KCSE Exam will be released in the second week of January.
The examination period spanned from October 23 to November 24, involving a total of 903,260 candidates
In an interview with the Nation, Machogu revealed that the focus currently is on the verification of the marks.
“We are done with the marking. What we are currently doing is compiling the marks, verification and validation. So that by the end of the day we release credible results,” he said.