Education CS Ezekiel Machogu announced a new KCSE grading system where only Math and one language subject are now mandatory. The Ministry of Education revealed the new grading structure for the 2023 KCSE Examination.
“In the new grading system for the 2023 KCSE examination, only two mandatory subjects will be Mathematics and one language (English, Kiswahili, or Kenyan Sign Language),” said Machogu.
Additionally, KNEC will consider the five best-performed subjects, apart from the two mandatory ones, in computing the mean grade.
Machogu believes these reforms will open doors for more students to qualify for universities, diplomas, and TVET training programs.
The previous grading system included five mandatory subjects across three clusters, which limited opportunities for students based on their interests and competencies.
Basic Education PS Belio Kipsang emphasized that grading should certify students, not restrict their access to higher learning.
He added that the new system will focus on literacy and numeracy abilities, providing a more inclusive and equitable approach to grading.
The Presidential Working Party on Education Reforms highlighted that the previous system focused on rote learning and academic performance, neglecting critical skills and character development.