The Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS) has released the 2021/2022 students placement into universities and colleges at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD).
128,073 students were placed to degree courses while 6,617 opted for diploma courses in technical colleges.
According to KUCCPS Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr. Agnes Wahome, the performance of students who qualified for degree and diploma programmes increased by 14 per cent and 33 per cent respectively.
“Competition of students for placement was higher during this placement cycle compared to the previous cycle,” she said.
Few students are said to have chose traditional courses without actually taking into consideration the subject requirements.
However, over seven thousand 2020 KCSE students who qualified for the university under government sponsorship failed to take part in the revision exercise, missing out on enrollment.
Education Cabinet Secretary Prof. George Magoha said that candidates who qualify for university admission are increasingly embracing TVET courses despite having attained grades to join university.
” The 2021/2022 placement process targeted the 2020 KCSE examination group for universities. For admission to TVET institutions, both the 2020 examination candidates and those from previous examination years dating back to 2000 were targeted,” he said.
He said in the 2020 KCSE, 6,617 students who attained C+ and above chose TVET programmes and were placed, up from 2,632 in 2019.
He noted that this years’ placement to TVET institutions represented a 54.5 per cent increase from 2019, when 88,724 were placed.
However, he said that the TVET enrolment still remains low despite the government’s efforts.
He further direct KUCCPS to continue with the mobilisation and recruitment of students for placement to TVET institutions for the coming intakes in January and May, 2022.
“I also encourage school leavers who are yet to enroll in a college to take advantage of the remaining slots in TVET institutions. The Government will be responsible for all the students who have been placed to our Universities and TVET colleges. In addition, all are eligible to apply for HELB loans and will be considered based on their level of need,” he said.
In the 2020 KCSE examination, some 142,540 candidates obtained the minimum university entry mean grade of C+ plus and above.
2020 KCSE candidates can know the details of their university placement through the SMS code number 20842.