MoE: How New Grading System Will Affected Candidate’s Final Score
New grading system of the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examinations will affect the final score of the candidates.
According to the ministry of education, the new grading structure once implemented will reflect the dominant aptitudes and interests of learners.
Speaking on Monday 18, 2023 PS for basic education Dr Belio Kipsang said the new grading will take into account the literacy and numeracy abilities of learners.
PS make this remarks while Mombasa during a briefing on the status of the implementation of the recommendations of the presidential working party on education reforms (PWPER) to the members of the Departmental Committee on Education of the National Assembly.
The grading will allow the overall grading of learners to include Mathematics, a language (English or Kiswahili) and the best five performed subjects from the remaining subjects.
This grading system will be different from the current grading system will calculates the candidate’s final score using mathematics, Kiswahili, English, two Sciences (Biology, Chemistry Physics) and two well performed subjects from the remaining subjects.
The new structure of grading is in line with working party’s recommendations on assessment.
PS Kipsang said grading in any national education system is for certification and not placement of students in higher education.
Students of the remaining cohort of the 8-4-4 will however be graded according to their performance in five subjects in addition to their grades in Mathematics and either English or Kiswahili, Kipsang said.
Secondary school Subject Categories in Kenya and new grading system
1. Group 1 (Compulsory Subjects)
2. Group II Subjects (Any Two)- new Grading system
A candidate can take at least two sciences. The sciences are optional. A Student can choose any two or all the three.
3. Group III Sujects
Humanities. A candidate can select at least one humanity.
4. Group IV
Technical subjects, candidate chooses at least one.