90pc of qualified candidates apply for varsity slots as deadline looms

90pc of qualified candidates apply for varsity slots as deadline looms

BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,17TH JUNE,2022-More than 90pc of the students who qualified to join university in the 2021 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examination have applied for degree courses, a day to the end of the application period.

Out of the 144,516 Kenyan citizens who obtained mean grades of C+ and above, 128,762 had submitted applications to the Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS) by Thursday.

“We are pleased with the degree applications as 90pc of the eligible candidates have already applied. We encourage the few who have not yet applied to do so by tomorrow so as not to miss government sponsorship,” said Dr. Agnes Mercy Wahome, the Chief Executive Officer at KUCCPS.

Additionally, with more than 385,000 and over 15,000 vacancies available in the TVET institutions and primary teacher training colleges respectively, KUCCPS is urging those eligible to hurry and submit applications are there are enough vacancies to accommodate all.

The TVET and TTC applications target eligible candidates from the 2021 KCSE class and those of the years 2000 to 2020, according to KUCCPS.

“We encourage the Form Four leavers to apply for diploma, certificate and artisan courses before the application system closes tomorrow so as not to miss an opportunity for government sponsorship,” says Dr. Agnes Mercy Wahome, the Chief Executive Officer of KUCCPS.

On June 14, KUCCPS opened its portal for the third and final revision of choices for placement of government sponsored students to universities and public TVET and Teacher Training Colleges.

The third revision, which closes Friday, targets applicants from the KCSE class of 2021 who did not secure any of the courses they applied for in the first and second revision of choices, and youths from the years 2000 to 2020 seeking TVET opportunities.

At the end of the third revision of choices, KUCCPS will complete the placement process and release the results before the end of June to allow the successful applicants to prepare and join universities and colleges in the new academic year starting September.

All the applicants who have provisionally secured a course will be informed of their respective courses and universities or colleges during the official release of the placement results.

2021 KCSE Results

There were 1,138 (0.14pc) candidates who obtained  an overall Grade A in the 2021 KCSE Examination  compared to 893 (0.12pc candidates in 2020.

In April Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Education Prof. George Magoha while releasing the results said the number of candidates with minimum university entry qualification of Grade C+ and above rose to 145,145 (17.49pc) in the year 2021 KCSE Examination compared to 143,140 (19.03pc) in 2020.

The Government has made remarkable progress in  improving access, equity, relevance and transition in education for Special Needs Education (SNE) learners.

This was confirmed in the 2021 KCSE results that saw 223 candidates with special needs accounting to 10.52pc obtained an overall grade C+ and above in 2021 KCSE  examination.

The number of candidates with a minimum TVET  Diploma courses qualification of grade C- and above in  2021 was 325,896 (39.27pc).

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