Inside new KCSE grading structure
Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu has announced a new grading system for the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE).
In the new grading system which will be implemented in the 2023 KCSE exams, students will be graded based on two mandatory subjects – Mathematics and one language (English, Kiswahili, or Kenyan Sign Language).
In addition to the two mandatory subjects – the Kenya National Examinations Council will consider any other five best-performed subjects.
“It is expected that the new reform measure will increase the number of students qualifying for universities, Diploma and TVET training at Certificate and Artisan levels,” Machogu stated.
Previously there were five mandatory subjects across three cluster groups – Mathematics, English, Kiswahili, two sciences and one humanity.
Machogu also warned officials involved in the 2023 national exams that no one would be spared if found engaging in exam malpractices.
“My ministry will ensure that appropriate action will be taken against officers who contravene the rules and regulations put in place. The Government will not spare any person found to be abetting cheating in examinations,” Machogu said.
The government will administer three national exams this year including the Kenya Primary School Education Assessment (KPSEA) for Grade 6 learners, the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE), and the KCSE.
“All those who will be engaged in the management of this year’s examinations and assessments must uphold integrity while executing their roles and remain vigilant to deter any form of malpractice,” he added,