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Candidates with grade E in KCSE can now join Universities for Degrees - Amina Mohamed

A KCSE holder of Grade E can now be awarded with a Doctorate Degree.

In a Gazette notice, the CS divulged that the students will take longer than those who will be admitted through the Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCS) but didn’t clarify the number of years they would take to complete their studies.

For those with grades E, their ability and interest would be critical, as the duration to get degrees and doctorates would be way too long.

For starters, students will be required to have an artisan certificate which will take six months and equivalent to 60 credit value, and upon successful completion, one will be allowed to the next level.


Diploma students would either join the universities for degree studies at either first year, second year or third year, depending on the decision of the respective University senates.

“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, as quoted by the .

New Standards

In the streamlined regulations, a doctorate student will be required to have master’s degree and will take up to three years, while those taking master's degree will take two years to complete.


For those who want to pursue education and have post graduate diplomas or certificates, they must have a Bachelor’s degree and their course will take a year.

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.

Diploma students 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.

D Plain Grade

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.

The regulations also provide for the training of crafts men who have no basic education and have learnt their skills on the job to progress to the highest level which will be master of craft at national industrial training institutes.

The authority will also have a data bank of graduate details in the country and employers will have access to the information in a move in a move aimed at getting rid of fake academic certificates.


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