New KCSE Grading System

New KCSE Grading System

New KCSE Grading System

The new grading method for the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) was explained by the Principal Secretary (PS) for Basic Education, Belio Kipsang.

Kipsang underlined that the revised grading system would put a strong emphasis on five key disciplines that are relevant to a student’s area of specialty during a PWPER event on Monday.He also emphasized that the system’s goal is to evaluate a student’s literacy and numeracy skills.

These five disciplines will be grouped together as a cluster, which is different from the way grades are now calculated, which takes into account every subject a student is enrolled in.”A student with the ability and interest in engineering or medicine need not be prevented from qualifying for the courses just because a subject that was used to grade him pulled down his overall Mean Grade,” said Kipsang.

The Kenya National Examination Council (Knec) currently evaluates applicants based on their performance in two additional topics and the best scores from the five compulsory subjects.Knec takes into account a candidate’s performance in the required subjects of maths, English, and Kiswahili, as well as two sciences from among physics, chemistry, and biology.

The final two subjects are chosen from technical fields including agriculture, business studies, geography, and history as well as from the humanities and arts disciplines.The reform committee recommends creating guidelines for calculating the average KCSE score (based on English/Kiswahili, mathematics, and the other top five topics).The panel recommended that the changes be made in a year. Thus, if the new plan has an impact, the 2023 candidates will benefit first.According to President William Ruto, out of the 11,000 secondary schools in the country, more than 5,000, many of them in rural areas, do not send even one student to college.

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