The Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) candidates who scored a mean of Grade E will now be able to pursue higher education to Doctorate levels, thanks to new directive by the Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS).
Talking at the press conference on Monday, November 1, KUCCPS Chief Executive Officer, Agnes Wahome, noticed that the students stood a chance to pursue their degrees right to the doctorate level. In the past decades, a large number of the students who scored the exam's lowest grades were considered as failures and couldn't be placed into any post-secondary education institution.
Just the people who scored D+ or more were enrolled to undertake artisan courses in the institution.
"Previously students who scored C and below were considered as failures however there is no failure. For those we have placed, the minimum was a C-(minus) for Diploma and D+ (Plus) for certificate courses."
Degree courses in universities require at least C+ as mean grade.
"We hope we can take artisan courses as you develop your programs so that even the people who get an E can have an opportunity to study," she expressed.
The KUCCPS CEO likewise encouraged the E students to work hard, particularly in English and science courses, to secure their employment later on. "You are the first students to be placed by KUCCPS, you are our ambassadors. You can go into our system, identify a course and within three months, get placed in Mombasa whether you come from Kakamega, Kisumu or Machakos."
"We want equity to ensure that the country benefits. There are opportunities that Kenyans can take advantage of and move outside of their local areas. We need you to train for international opportunities however you should figure out how to speak proper English, it's not optional," she added.
Thousands of students score a mean grade of E every year and many are regularly compelled to repeat Form Four in attempt to improve their scores.
In 2020 alone, more than 28,000 students scored E, the greater part of whom were from sub-county schools. The poor performance cut across public (more than 12,000) and private schools (more than 8,000). Most of the students are then forced to resort to menial jobs for a living or turn to crime and drug use.
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