2019 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) Candidates will today know which universities and colleges that they will be joining later in the year to pursue their careers. Mandated with coordinating the placement of qualified KCSE students to Kenyan universities and colleges, develop and implement career guidance programmes and disseminate information on available programmes, the Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Services (KUCCPS) will today make the highly anticipated announcement.
More than 600,000 students in last year’s national exams qualified for entry into higher institutions of learning. Those who scored C+ and above will have a spot in the public and private universities across the country. The rest who scored between grade C and E will have an opportunity to apply for courses in Technical and Vocational Education and Training (Tvet) institutions.
In 2019, the number of KCSE students who qualified to make it to universities shot up by 13.7 per cent compared to 2018. Of the 138,287 students set to join the university, a majority will join the public universities while the rest will be enrolled in private universities under Government sponsorship. Each year the government pays Ksh150,000 per year for every student in public university and only 60,000 for those in private universities.
Tvet institutions will only be able to absorb about 62 per cent of students sent its way as the rest will be enrolled in vocational institutions across the country. Although the government has been pumping billions of money to boost technical training in the country, these institutions are not attaining their maximum potential because of under-enrollment.