Days after the release of the 2022 KCSE exams, calls from education stakeholders increased for the government to reconsider the line to host more candidates in universities.
Of the 841,416 candidates taking the 2022 KCSE exams, only 173,345 students scored C+ and above, according to Education Minister Ezekiel Machogu.
The grade indicated the number of students who automatically passed the minimum college admission grade. However, it showed that 668,071 candidates (79 percent) failed to reach the minimum entry slot.
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The numbers led to pressure from parents on the government to lower the minimum entry grade to accommodate more students and then achieve the 100 percent transition.
Speak against UKTN.co.keHowever, Agnes Wahome, CEO of the Central Placement Service (KUCCPS) of Kenya Universities and Colleges, dismissed the insistence and affirmed that lowering education standards in the country was not an option for the government.
She notes that candidates have the option of following training through a diploma. She added that universities have made it easier for students to achieve this.
Furthermore, the KUCCPS boss confirmed that the government had in the past lowered the minimum entry figure to the current C+ requirement.
“No, we can’t lower the standard of education to accommodate the majority. If you look, the numbers have dropped in recent years. What we are doing is encouraging candidates to move from degree to degree and universities have made it easier to to do this.” happen,” she noted.
Wahome also confirmed that the expected timeline for KUCCPS to open the course review portal would be two to three weeks after the release of the national exams.
“Usually we get the results from the Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) before we prepare the portal for course revision. So it takes two to three weeks after the release of the exams, so we expect it around mid-February,” she confirmed .
Established under the Universities Act, 2012, KUCCPS coordinates the placement of government-sponsored students in Kenyan universities and colleges; develops and implements career guidance programs and disseminates information about available university programs.
Students take a Kenya Certificate of Secondary Examination (KCSE) exam