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KCSE exams officially kicked off Countrywide

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The Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) main examinations have kicked off, with security being strengthened inside and outside the centers for it.

Officials from the ministry of Education arrived at various exam collection centers early in the morning to oversee the distribution of exam materials.

Basic Education Principal Secretary Dr. Belio Kipsang led the exercise at the Westland DCC  Centre, while Teacher Service commission {CEO}  Nancy Macharia oversaw the exam distribution at the Mvita Centre in Mombasa County.

“Our focus should be on value addition to our students. Whatever results that our student will get is from the input of our teams in schools” Kipsang said in a media address on Monday

After sitting practical exams, the candidate will now attend to main subject, an exam that will come to an end on November 24,2023.

While this is happening, beginning next year candidates sitting for KCSE exams will have to wait for their results before selecting their preferred university and collage choices, It has emerged.

This is after the ministry of education banned the application of university places by candidates while they are still in school this has been the practice.

Students will be required to make the selection after they have completed their KCSE exams in line with the new funding formula for universities and collages.

“Following the introduction of the new funding model, applicants will make choices based on cost per programmed as published in the KUCCPS online application system, “said ps Belio Kipsang

In a circular dated October 27,2023 Kipsang said the decision was informed by change in the funding formula.

Meanwhile, This decision will affect over four million students current in secondary school under the 8-4-4 education system.

This information will support decision making by applicants and their parents/guardians. Centers/school application will therefor not be available going forward.” the circular reads.

The circular is addressed to the County Directors of Education and copied to Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu and the Reginal Directors of Education.

The application was done through the Kenya Universities and Collages Central Placement Services KUCCPS portal.