CS Machogu to release 2023 KCSE results in Eldoret

The Education CS is at the Eldoret State Lodge to brief President William Ruto.

In Summary
  • Machogu will release the results at Moi Girls Eldoret on Monday.
  • This is the first time in five years that the results have been delayed past Christmas.
President William Ruto being briefed by Education CS Ezekiel Machogu and officials from the ministry on the KCSE 2023 results at State Lodge Eldoret on January 8, 2024
President William Ruto being briefed by Education CS Ezekiel Machogu and officials from the ministry on the KCSE 2023 results at State Lodge Eldoret on January 8, 2024
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Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu will on Monday morning release the 2023 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education results.

The CS will release the results in Eldoret after briefing President William Ruto.

State House Press Secretary Emmanuel Talam confirmed to the Star that Machogu was already at Eldoret State Lodge for a session with the Head of State.

The KCSE exams began on October 23 and ended on November 24 with 903,260 candidates sitting the papers over the period.

This is the first in five years that the KCSE results have been delayed well beyond the New Year.

Since 2016, the results were released before Christmas.

The delay was attributed to the high level of verification of the results after confusion rocked the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education.

Machogu had last week said that the delay was meant to verify the marks.

"We are done with the marking. What we are currently doing is compiling the marks, verification and validation. So that by the end of the day, we release credible results," he said.

The CS assured that the results will be credible, adding that the marking centres were increased from 35 to 40 to better the working conditions.

He said the candidates will benefit from a new grading system, unveiled in August, which is aimed at increasing the number of those joining universities.

The system, which is part of the recommendations made by the Presidential Working Party of Education Reforms, focuses on the subjects that candidates are strong in reducing the number of compulsory subjects.

This means that the 2023 KCSE candidates will be graded in two compulsory subjects including Math and any language (Kiswahili, English) or Kenya Sign Language (KSL).

Machogu regretted that the current system is unfair to some students whose best subjects are not within the cluster and cannot be taken into account.

"Previously, compulsory subjects included Math, Kiswahili and English languages and two sciences. But this time round we will only have two compulsory subjects that is Math and English, Kiswahili or KSL," he said.

"We are doing this to allow learners to explore subjects they are good at."

The change will see a higher number of students qualify for university entry points.

"Even the entry grade for university education, the numbers will increase because last year we had 173,000 students out of 887,000 getting C+ and above which is 19 per cent," Machogu said.

The Kenya National Union of Teachers had urged him to give examiners more time to compile and give the candidates the marks they deserve.

Knut national vice chairperson Aggrey Namisi claimed KCPE results were rushed hence having errors, pleading that the same will not be repeated with KCSE.

"Please CS Machogu, we are not in a hurry, give the markers time to analyse results well before they are released, we don’t want to experience what happened during the KCPE examination release," he said while addressing the press in Bungoma on December 23.

"Let the examiners go through the questions, mark, prepare, and give credible results."

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