All is not lost for students who scored grade ‘E’ in their KCSE as new regulations gazetted by Education Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed now allows them to study for degrees up to doctorate level.
However, the students will take longer than usual to attain their academic goals and their success will largely depend on their ability, interest and willingness according to the new guidelines.
The students will start with an artisan certificate taking six months and worth a minimum of 60 credit value that will allow the students to progress to the next level.
Diploma holders are, however, still at the mercy of the universities as the authority failed to determine the level these students will join universities.
“The university will be in a position to assess a diploma student and determine at what level he or she can start his undergraduate studies but subject to our approval,” said authority chairman Bonaventure Kerre.
In the regulations, a doctorate student will be required to have master’s degree and will take three years with a minimum of 360 credits, while those taking master’s degree will take two years earning a minimum of 240 credits.
Those taking post graduate diplomas or certificates must have a Bachelor’s degree and will take one year or 120 credits, while those enrolling for degree programmes will be required to have a C+ in the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education examinations (KCSE) or its equivalent as determined by the authority or completion of a diploma.
Those studying for diplomas will be required to have a C- grade in KCSE or its equivalent as determined by the authority, a certificate of experiential learning issued by the authority or on completion of a certificate. The course will take two years with 240 credits.
Those taking a craft certificate course will be required to have a D (plain) in KCSE and will have to study for one year, earning a minimum of 120 cred-its.
Other qualifications for a craft course will be a certificate in experiential learning issued by the authority.
A national vocational certificate of education and training will take three months with 30 credits and will target secondary school leavers.