The Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) main examinations officially began on Monday this morning.
Officials from the Ministry of Education arrived at various exam collection centres early in the morning to oversee the distribution of exam materials.
Basic Education Principal Secretary Belio Kipsang led the exercise at the Westlands DCC centre, while Teachers Service Commission (CEO) Nancy Macharia oversaw the exam distribution at the Mvita centre in Mombasa County.
“Our focus should be on value addition to our students. Whatever results that our children will get is from the input of our teams in schools,” Kipsang said in a media address on Monday.
After sitting practical exams, the candidates will now attend to main subjects, an exercise that will come to an end on November 24, 2023.
KCSE Candidates to select varsities, TVETS courses after exams
Candidates sitting KCSE exams beginning next year will have to wait for their results before selecting their preferred university and college choices, it has emerged.
This is after the Ministry of Education banned the application of university places by candidates while they are still in school has been the practice.
Students will be required to make the selection after they have completed their KCSE exams in line with the new funding formula for universities and colleges.
“Following the introduction of a new funding model, applicants will make choices based on cost per programme as published in the KUCCPS online application system,” said Basic Education PS Bellio Kipsang.
In a circular dated October 27, Kipsang said the decision was informed by the change in the funding formula.
The decision will affect over four million students currently in secondary school under the 8-4-4 education system.
This information will support decision-making by applicants and their parents/guardians. Centre/School application will therefore not be available going forward.” the circular reads.
The circular is addressed to the County Directors of Education and copied to Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu and the Regional Directors of Education.
The application was done through the Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS) portal.