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KUCCPS’ important update to all 2022 KCSE Candidates

KUCCPS’ important update to all 2022 KCSE Candidates

KUCCPS 2022-2023 urgent update, Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Services (KUCCPS) has clarified that it has not opened the university application portal as was alleged by a section of the media.

The Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement services KUCCPS has called on candidates who sat their Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) in 2022 “to be patient because the portal is yet to be opened.”

The clarification comes after word went around that the placement body had opened the portal for Kenyans to revise their courses, choose new courses, and apply for other universities of their choice.

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Candidates who sat their KCSE have become restless for unlike in other years, KUCCPS has delayed opening the portal.

More worrying is also the fact that the body has not released approved university courses as is the norm.

“We would like to inform the public that our portal for university applications is yet to be opened.

Once the date for the applications is confirmed, we shall announce it through our website and our social media channels,” said part of the statement.

In regards to the cutoff points for those who will qualify under the government sponsorship, KUCCPS says the announcement will be made “in due course” and that no such announcement has been made.

KUCCPS 2022-2023 urgent update&KCSE 2022 overview analysis

The Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) for 2022 was released in January this year and it was expected that by now, candidates would already be aware of the universities they are supposed to join.

881,416 candidates sat the 2022 KCSE Examination compared with 826,807 candidates in 2021. This represented an increase of 54,609 candidates (6.60%).

KCSE 2022 gender analysis

Of the total number of candidates that sat the 2022 KCSE Examination, 443,644 were male while 437,772 were female, representing 50.33% and 49.67% of the total candidature respectively.

This statistic means the country has achieved gender parity, in much the same way as we have done at the primary school level.

Fourteen counties had more male than female candidates in the 2022 KCSE examination compared to 17 counties in 2021. These were:

  1. Mombasa
  2. Kilifi
  3. Tana River
  4. Lamu
  5. Turkana
  6. Samburu
  7. West Pokot
  8. Kajiado
  9. Narok
  10. Homabay
  11. Migori
  12. Garissa
  13. Wajir
  14. Mandera.

Seven counties with high gender disparity in favour of female candidates during the 2022 KCSE examination included

  1. Kirinyaga
  2. Kiambu
  3. Kitui
  4. Meru
  5. Tharaka Nithi
  6. Vihiga
  7. Kisumu.


In the 2022 KCSE Examination, 17 subjects recorded a significant improvement in performance, compared with 11 subjects that recorded a significant improvement in performance in 2021.

There no significant change in performance in four of the subjects during the 2022 KCSE Examination.


There were 1,146 (0.13%) candidates who obtained an overall Grade A in the 2022 KCSE Examination compared with 1,138 (0.14%) candidates in 2021.

On the other hand, the number of candidates with minimum university entry qualification of Grade C+ and above has risen to 173,345 (19.03%) in the year 2022 KCSE Examination compared to 145,776 (17.55%) in 2021.

The number of candidates with mean grade D+ and above in the 2022 KCSE Examination is 522,588 (59.14%) while 442,251 (53.29%) in 2021.

Encouragingly, the number of candidates obtaining a mean grade of E in 2022 declined significantly to 30,822 (3.49%) despite the increase in candidature, compared with 46,151 (5.56%) in 2021.

This clearly leads us to conclude that most of the candidates scored grades of higher quality.

Most significantly, all the remaining candidates are legible to join :-

  • TVET institutions
  • Teacher Training Colleges
  • Medical Training Colleges
  • tertiary learning institutions for various courses.

There have been a lot of speculations about the whole issue.

At some point, an official from the Ministry of Education claimed that those who scored grades C+ will not receive government sponsorship.

This means about 72,000 candidates would be locked out and be forced to fund their own university fees.

The Ministry of Education has also remained mute and has not come out to explain the delay in releasing the date.

KUCCPS 2022-2023 urgent update to frequently asked questions

In response to queries by 2022 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) candidates.

  • KUCCPS revealed that the portal was not yet open for application. The agency stated that it would announce the official dates on its website and social media platforms.
  • KUCCPS added that it was yet to release the list of courses and the cut-off points required for each course.
  • The delay in opening the portal for applications has caused a number of misleading reports to surface.
  • KUCCPS issued a statement on February 23, clarifying that it had not raised the mean grade for joining university.
  • The minimum entry grade for a degree programme remains C+ (plus) while diploma courses are put at C- (minus).
  • Education CS Ezekiel Machogu stated that the portal would be open soon to enable the 2022 KCSE candidates to join the university on time.
  • KUCCPS urged students to be patient and wait for the official announcement of the application dates.
  • Once the application dates are decided on, an announcement will be made through the KUCCPS website, official social media pages, and mainstream media.
  • A comprehensive list of courses and institutions will be availed during the application process.

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