More than half of the students who sat for the 2023 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education scored grade D+ and below.
According to statistics released by the Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC), 494, 317 students out of 899,453 did not cross the D+ mark.
This points to 54.72% of the 2023 KCSE candidates.
Education CS Ezekiel Machogu said this is an increase from 489, 081 who scored D+ and below in 2022.
But there is hope for the students in pursuing certificate courses in Technical Institutions within the country.
According to Percy Kihumba, principal Rift Valley Institute of Business Studies, there is a paradigm shift in the high learning sector and the grade one scores at KCSE is no longer limiting.
“It does not matter the grade you scored at KCSE, what matters is the path you will take after there. I urge every student who has received his or her KCSE results to look for career guidance,” Kihumba said.
She added that she has witnessed C and D students excelling in life after being guided on the right career paths.
“Together with the government, we have established the CBET training which focuses on individual student’s ability and passion. This new training mode, which is aligned to the industry is producing more competent trainees who are scaling the job market quickly,” she said.
RVIBS has opened its portal for students who scored C- and below to apply for courses before they are locked out.