At least 600,000 students who sat for Kenya Certificate of Secondary Examination (KSCE) qualified for entry into higher institutions of learning. Those who scored C+ and above were promised a spot in the public and private universities across the country. The rest who scored between grade C and E were also promised an opportunity to apply for courses in Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions.
Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Services (KUCCPS) tasked 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, on June 2nd announced the university/college placement for the 2019 candidates.
University of Nairobi, Jkuat, Mount Kenya University got the most numbers with Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology taking the lion’s share with 6,006 enrolled under the government sponsorship programme. Top candidates were placed in the prestigious programmes of medicine, law and engineering among others.
However, 56 courses offered by some of the universities failed to attract any student. Placement service data shows that the 56 programmes had 2,905 places distributed in 20 universities. The undesirable programmes are in science, theology, environment, development and agriculture. The Ministry directed the universities offering those programmes to establish why they are not attractive and implement corrective measures.
The placement Board has now opened it’s transfer window to all those who want to transfer from one institution to another. This comes as great news to those students who want to switch universities. The inter-transfer window will be opened for a couple of days. Candidates who wish to transfer will be required to pay a non-refundable amount of 1000 shillings and should be able to give a reason as to why they want to transfer from one institution to another.