There is hope for form four leavers who score a poor grade D+.
Apparently, they can now find their way to the university legally. Kasneb, an examiner of accounting courses, has introduced a new certificate course that will tap into the huge number of students who did not attain the C+ and above grade required for direct entry to university.
“The certificate course is designed for the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) exam candidates, who did not qualify for university admission,” Kasneb said in a statement.
The one-year programme will enable students to progress to diploma in any accounting field then proceed to the professional qualification such as CPA and onto Bachelor of Commerce degree.
“Those interested in taking the certificate course can register as from April 20 with Kasneb,” said chief executive officer Pius Nduati.
“The new certificate in accounting and management skills (CAMS) will be rolled from July 2018. It will be institution based and will address skills gaps in terms of accounting services at the lowest levels for the SMEs and NGOs.”
Mr Nduati said Kasneb had engaged with universities and other tertiary institutions that train accountants to prepare them for the programme.
At the moment, Kasneb administers examinations in various accounting training centres to candidates who must have scored C- and above.
Last year, a total of 222,737 students scored grades D+ to D and are eligible for enrolment in vocational training centres for certificate courses.
Only 5,324 students applied for the artisan courses and were placed in various institutions. In 2016, 376,414 candidates scored D+ and below in the KCSE exam.