The new grading system means that it will be easier for you to pass your exam.

Let me explain.

 Grading System KCSE 1

In the old KCSE grading system:

In the old KCSE grading system, there were 5 mandatory subjects across 3 clusters.

These subject included:

  • Mathematics
  • English
  • Kiswahili
  • 2 Sciences 
  • 1 humanity

This left students who performed better in the humanities than in science, languages, and math at a disadvantage.


With the new KCSE grading system:

In the new grading system announced by Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu, students will now be graded according to 2 mandatory subjects and 5 best-performed subjects.

The 2 mandatory subjects are:

  • Mathematics
  • 1 Language (either English, Kiswahili, or sign language)

Other than the 2 mandatory subjects that will be chosen, examiners will also consider any other 5 best-performing subjects.


What this means for you as a learner

Taking into account that you do 8 subjects, 2 of which are mandatory, that leaves 6 subjects.

Know for a fact that you have to pass mathematics and one language, regardless as they will be counted towards your final 2023 KCSE grade.

As for the other remaining 6 subjects, you can choose and pick 5 to focus on, which will give you the best grade (As).

You know yourself best, and based on past results, you know how you have been performing and where you are strongest.

So what I would do is I would choose to focus on the mandatory (2) and where I am strongest (5) which will give me the best possible grade.

However, remember that KCSE is not the end but rather another beginning, so choose to focus on subjects you know will help you further your educational journey.

Don't simply focus on subjects because they will be easy.

Take a look at what future you will need to become a doctor, an entrepreneur, a computer scientist, or any other career you want to have.

Think of your future.





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