University grading system in Kenya

Have you ever sat down and then reflected on your university education and then all of a sudden questioned what grade you were going to score after completing your course? So, do you know the grading system adopted by your university to determine your grade? If not, then you are in the appropriate place. Here is a categorisation of the Kenya university grading system used in different institutions. Continue reading to gain more knowledge.

University grading system

In Kenya, the University grading system highly depends on individual university examination laws and regulations. In some, it depends on the kind, of course, the student is taking. All the universities have a distinct undergraduate and postgraduate grading system.

Exam and graduation grading method in Kenyan universities

Below are the grading schemes of universities in Kenya. Take a look below to have an insight into your university grading system which professors deploy in rating exams, essays and assignments.

1. University of Nairobi

At the end of every semester, students sit for examinations which are governed by regulations to control cheating. Every unit is graded out of 100 marks where thirty percent is coursework and seventy percent final examinations. The exam grading system for each unit is as follows:

  • 70 and above – A
  • 60 to 69 – B
  • 50 to 59 – C
  • 40 to 49 – D
  • 00 to 39 – E

Every unit has a pass mark of 40%. Failure to achieve the score in any unit will results in doing a supplementary exam that is marked and grounded to 40%. After losing two attempts continuously, you will be discontinued automatically.

If you take more than six units per semester, you are allowed to compensate in the failed course units. It can only occur under the recommendation of the school board and when you have failed in not more than two units. Moreover, your mean mark in the specified semester should be more than 50% with a score of not less than 35% in the failed unit. If you are entitled to do so, each mark in the failed unit is compensated by deducting two marks in a passed subject up to a maximum of 10 marks.

The University of Nairobi uses the following graduation grading system:

  • First Class Honours – 70 and above
  • Second Class Honours (upper division) – 60 to 69
  • Second Class Honours (lower division) – 50 to 59
  • Pass – 40 to 49

In case you pass for graduation by doing a supplementary or redoing a given unit, a pass shall be allocated to you. A weighted mean of all the scores is done to decide your final graduation average. Every year is assigned to various weights depending on the course you are doing. For example, in the Bachelor of Commerce, year 1, 2, 3 and 4 are awarded 10%, 20%, 30%, and 40% weights respectively.

University grading scale

2. Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology

All units in the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture are examined at the completion of each semester except for those having projects which are typically examined at the finish of the second semester in a particular year. In your first year at the institution, you will have to do three compulsory online units which include communication skills HIV/AIDS, and development studies.

The main exam consists of  5% assignments70%, practices/lab assignments/class projects 15%, and 10% tests. Failure to do your practicals will traverse to a failure in the specific unit without compromise. The exam grading system is comparable to that of UON. A pass mark of 40% is allowed. If you score less than 40%, you will be required to sit for a supplementary examination from which you can only get a maximum of 40%. In this case, the exam is marked out of 100 marks. You can be discontinued under the following circumstances:

  • Scoring less than 40% average of all units done in a specific year.
  • If you fail in more than 8 units in a year, you will be subject to discontinuation.
  • Failing to complete a 5-year course in 8 academic years.
  • If you fail again when doing the third attempt after failing six or seven units in a year.

To be awarded with a degree, you must excel in all the units offered. Additionally, if you did not do HIV/AIDS and other practical attachments, you cannot be admitted for graduation. The degree grading system is determined based on the overall percentage mean in every year where they can be weighted depending on your department. Your degree is classified as follows:

  • 70% and above – First Class Honours
  • 60% to 69% – Second Class Honours (Upper Division)
  • 50% to 59% – Second Class Honours (Lower Division)
  • 40% t0 49% – Pass
  • Below 40% – Fail

For those students taking courses under College of Human Resource (COHRED) an exam is normally done at the end of each semester and marked out of 60%. The remaining 40% is provided in by CATS and assignments, consequently, making a total of 100%. The pass mark for any unit given is 50% and if not achieved you will be required to do a supplementary exam. If you fail in more than 3 course units in a year, you will automatically be terminated. Here is the grading system for examinations:

  • 70% and above – A
  • 60% and below 70% – B
  • 50% and below 60% – C
  • Below 50% – F (Fail)

3. Moi University

University grading system

All the scholars who miss more than 20% of the lectures submitted are not allowed to convene for the final exam and instead are forced to redo the year. During the examination days, one is not permitted to engage in any kind of irregularities since it will draw penalties depending on the group they fall. For instance, if the Senate approves that you were involved in exam leakage, you will be given an expulsion Instantly. Nevertheless, for small cases such as writing on the exam paper, just a warning letter is issued to you.

The grading system is alike to that of University of Nairobi for all courses. For masters and PhD the following system is used:

  • 72 and above – A – Distinction
  • 65 to 74 – B – Credit
  • 50 to 64 – C – Pass
  • Below 50 – D – Fail

4. Kenyatta University

University grading sytem

At the end of every semester, students normally sit for examinations in the centres they registered in. Prior to doing the final test, make sure you have completed all CATS, practical assignments and group work to heighten your marks. Failure to do that will lead to a failure in the specific unit.

CATS and practicals supply 30% of the final exam while the university examination contributes to the more significant share of 70%. Students Class attendance is not necessary to complete a course given that you are not doing any medical or engineering course. All examination directions must be observed since you will be suspended immediately or even be discontinued when caught violating one of them.

The pass mark for all the course units unless specified is 40%. Keep in mind the pass mark does not apply at all to medical and engineering schools’ students. Simply familiarise yourself with the course you are taking to know some detailed requirements which apply to your course only. While the other courses use a university grading system similar to that of UON, school of medicine, masters students, and mechanical engineering use the following scale:

  • 75 and above – A
  • 65 to 74 – B
  • 50 to 64 – C
  • 49 and below – E

When graduating an aggregate average percentage score per unit is done which is graded similar way to the University of Nairobi.

Most universities in Kenya share a similar grading scale as obvious above. Knowing the Kenya university grading system for various universities will help you choose the most convenient one for you. As a student, the breakdown will continually help you put more effort to attain a greater GPA grade after 4, 5 or 7 years of study.



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