The Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) is the final exam that Kenyan high school students take before graduating. The exam is crucial because it determines if a student will attend a four-year university, a two-to three-year college, or a trade school.
The KCSE national exam was a little different in 2022 for a couple of reasons. One reason is the COVID-19 pandemic, which disrupted learning in Kenya, particularly in 2020 and 2021. Many students were absent from class due to lockdowns, school closures, and quarantine measures. The government attempted to mitigate the pandemic’s impact by offering online classes and broadcasting studies on radios and televisions. The other reason for the difference is the introduction of the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC), which is being phased in gradually and will fully replace the current system in 2027.
The Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) administered the 2022 KCSE over three weeks in November 2022. The exams assessed students’ understanding and mastery of a variety of subjects, including Mathematics, English, Kiswahili, Chemistry, Biology, Physics, History, and Geography.
The KNEC officially released the KCSE results for the 2022 cohort in late January 2023. The exam was taken by 881,416 people in total, 28 of our students among them. We once again had a student, Boaz, receive a grade of A-, which is one of the highest grades a student can receive. Six of our students will be pursuing degree programs at various universities, 12 will be pursuing diploma programs at various colleges, and the rest will be able to pursue a certification program of their choice.
One intriguing aspect of this cohort is that five of our students are already interested in pursuing computer-related courses. All interested students will participate in a three-month Web Development Boot Camp, which may entice even more students to enroll in STEM-related courses. As they wait to enroll in their various post-secondary institutions, the students will participate in other programs such as Life Skills training, career counseling, volunteer work, and other special programs.