Students Who Score ‘E’ In KCSE To Apply For KUCCPS Placement
Thousands of students with a mean grade of E in the Kenya Certificate Secondary Education (KCSE) exams now have hope because they can apply for central placement to colleges to pursue artisan courses.
Secondary school leavers who earn the grade but are frequently denied admission to post-secondary education will now be placed through the Kenya Colleges and Universities Placement Service (KUCCPS), which is best known for placing students in universities and other middle-level colleges.
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Despite having an E average, there is a framework in place for those who improve their skills to study all the way to the doctorate level.
In the 2020 KCSE, 28,046 candidates earned an E, the lowest possible score. There were 15,225 boys and 12,821 girls among them. Surprisingly, 141 national school candidates received an E, while only 85 from extra-county schools received the grade.
The majority of candidates with Grade E (18,289) came from sub-county schools, with a significant number also coming from private schools (8,080).
According to Knec data, the number of candidates receiving an E has been decreasing over the last five years and peaked in 2017 with 35,536 candidates receiving the grade.
For the first time, the agency has also placed 167 students to study maritime courses at the Bandari Maritime Academy in Mombasa in order to train more Kenyan professionals for the blue economy sector.
Previously, students with grades of C and lower were considered failures, but there is no such thing as a failure according to KUCCPS chief executive officer Dr Agnes Wahome.
“The minimum for those we have placed was a C- (minus) for diploma courses and a D+ (Plus) for certificate courses…We hope we can take artisan courses as you develop your programs so that even those who get an E can have an opportunity to study,” said Wahome.
“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 two or three months, (get) placed in Mombasa whether you come from Kakamega, Kisumu or Machakos,” added Dr Wahome on Friday.