When a student enters secondary school, he or she must choose which subjects to take in the kcse exams. Kcse subject selection is a difficult process that necessitates a great deal of time and consideration.
Candidates must also be aware that the subject they choose will impact the variety of professional opportunities available to them after completing Form 4 and in the future. As a result, students should seek advice from their teachers or other knowledgeable individuals.
There are crucial minimum subject criteria that a student must achieve in his or her KCSE tests to enable enrolment in a Bachelor’s Degree, Diploma, or certificate program in a specified field of specialisation.
Basically, every Form 1 student can study up to 11 or 12 subjects at the start of the secondary school year. Subject selection may be available in the second year (Form 2) or third year (Form 3) depending on the school.
In either case, second-year students are presented with the option of which subjects to drop in order to prepare for the KCSE exam.
Here are some tips on how to choose KCSE subjects that are relevant to your career.
Learners must consider the following important aspects before choosing a subject.
(1) . SCHOOL FACTOR
Even though KNEC has major subject requirements, certain schools have their own enforced process for choosing subjects, for example, some schools may mandate that certain subjects be mandatory, such as biology and chemistry, and students must take those subjects and choose from the others.
KNEC considers the following factors when choosing subjects:
A) . The Number of Subjects
According to KNEC, a candidate can sit for a MINIMUM OF 7 SUBJECTS and a MAXIMUM OF 9 SUBJECTS, with any deviation from this subject count range resulting in a student receiving a Z as a mean grade.
The candidate did not match the standard knec requirements, as indicated by the Z mean grade.
B) . Subject Criteria
The KNEC divides all secondary school topics into five categories:
GROUP I – These are the subjects that all students are required to take.
Mathematics Alternative A (121) or Mathematics Alternative B (122) (122)
There are no exceptions: all candidates must take all of the above subjects. Mathematics(121) was previously the only option, but it has since been split into Mathematics Alt. A and Mathematics Alt. B.
Because this is a required subject group, a student’s subject count is now three.
GROUP II – Science subjects such as chemistry, biology, and physics are included.
Science in general
According to this list, an applicant must have a minimum of two science subjects.
If a school mandates one course as compulsory, a student may choose one more from the remaining two, resulting in a total of two science topics, or two more from the remaining two, resulting in a total of three science subjects.
GROUP III – This group contains Humanity Subjects such as:
Government and History
Religious Education in the Christian Faith
Religious Education in Islam
Religious Education in Hinduism
Candidates must take at least one (1) of the above-mentioned humanities subjects, according to KNEC.
A applicant may take more than one humanity topic at the same time.
(N/B) The candidate may only take one (1) Religious Education course, but not more than one.
GROUP IV – This group includes Applied Sciences such as Computer Studies.
Agriculture is one of the most important industries in the world.
Art and Design is a branch of science that deals with the creation of works of art.
Mechanics of Power
Drawing and Design of Electricity
Aviation Science and Technology.
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With the subject groupings , KNEC gives the student the option of choosing from the above groups to reach a total of 7, 8, or 9 subjects.