Following the release of the national results by Education Cabinet Secretary professor George Magoha on Saturday, April 23, out of the total candidature,it is only a total of 145,145 candidates who sat the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) exam achieved direct university entry marks in the 2021 KCSE that is C+ plus and above .
Roughly 700,000 students scored C plain grade and below.
Important to note is that those students who received below a C+ to D plain can now enroll in certificate or diploma programs for a second opportunity at higher education.
Now that the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) program are now available, those students who received a C or a C-minus can now enroll in diploma courses at one of the country’s 31 institutions.
In addition the 495,686 candidates who received a D+ or lower will enroll in certificate programs for those who received a D or higher, as well as artisan certifications for those who received a D plus or lower.
In reference to a statement made by professor Magoha during the examination’s release, “the number of students with a minimum TVET Diploma courses qualification of grade C- and higher in 2021 was 325,896 (39.27%) hence need to invest more in TVET institutions where the bulk of our KCSE Examination graduands will study.”
Candidates who are accepted into colleges and tertiary institutions are eligible for government funding through the Higher Education Loans Board (HELB).
In addition the other revelations were made ahead of the university placement process, which is based on cluster points per subject.
At the same time candidates can change their luck by enrolling in bridging courses in subjects required to join specific courses.
Kenya’s education system allows students with as low as a D-minus grade to earn a degree and even advance to the Masters and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) levels.
Candidates who have completed their certificate education are eligible to enroll in a diploma program.
Diploma course in Kenya lasts between two and three years, depending on the discipline.