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2023 KCSE Results Out Today Under New Grading System

Under the new system, compulsory subjects have reduced from five to just two in determining the candidate’s final score

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The 2023 KCSE results have been released today, Monday 8th January 2023, at Moi Girls, Eldoret, by Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu. The 903,260 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) candidates who sat for the exams last December will finally know their performance after about six weeks of waiting since they did the exam.

The 2023 KCSE results are significant because they coincide with the introduction of a new grading scheme designed to increase university admissions. The redesigned structure, which was unveiled in August, drops the requirement of compulsory subjects from five to just two in determining the candidate’s final score.

Unlike in the previous year, candidates will not be able to access the 2023 KCSE results through SMS code, due to inconveniences experienced during the release of KCPE in December. Individual 2023 KCSE candidates’ examination results will be accessed online through a link on the KNEC website or directly through the URL: www.results.knec.ac.ke, a statement from KNEC read in part.

Under the new grading scheme, mathematics and any language between English, Kiswahili, or National Sign Language – will be the compulsory subjects and thus key determinants for university admission.

The other five subjects with the highest grades will be used to determine the remaining marks. The modifications are intended to raise the bar for university admission and are a part of the proposals made by the Presidential Working Party on Education Reforms.

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Under the previous grading system, the five compulsory subjects include (English, Math, Kiswahili, two sciences) and two others.

This shift stems from concerns that the previous system does not favour students whose best subjects didn’t fall within the mandatory cluster. “The current system is disadvantageous to some learners,” explained Mr Machogu. “We are doing this to allow learners to explore subjects they are good at.”

The candidates will also be the second lot of students to be admitted to institutions of higher learning, universities and colleges under the new funding model. Instead of categories, students will now be grouped into bands and all learners will now be required to share the cost of tuition fees with the government.

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In the reviewed formula, all students listed in the five bands will get a boom of between Ksh40,000 to Ksh60,000, graduated based on households. They will also pay between 5% and 40% of the fees.

Under the revised system, students in band one – previously ‘vulnerable’ – will get 70% scholarships and 25% for loans. Parents in these households will now pay 5% of the fees. Additionally, students will receive Ksh60,000 for upkeep.

In band two – previously ‘extremely needy’ – students will receive 60% scholarships and 30% loans. Parents will contribute 10% of the costs, and the government will allocate Ksh55,000 to each student for upkeep.

Band three (previously ‘needy’) students will receive 50% scholarships and 30% loans, with parents covering 20% of the costs. Students in this group will receive Ksh50,000 for upkeep.

The newly introduced band five will receive scholarships of 30% and another 30% for loans, with households paying 40% of the costs. Students in this group will receive Ksh40,000 for upkeep.

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