The Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS) today declared that 265,145 students have been placed in universities and colleges in the 2021/2022 cycle.
According to KUCCPS CEO Dr Agnes Wahome, 137,072 will pursue TVET courses while 128,073 will pursue degree courses.
Dr Wahome said, there was a 7 per cent increase in the total number of candidates who sat the KCSE examination from 2019.
“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 added that due to low applications made initially, they gave the students another chance to revise their courses.
“A low number of students applied for university placement while in schools. We provided students with an opportunity to visit the portal to apply and later revise their courses.”
However, some students missed the three opportunities to apply and revise their courses, therefore missing out on chances for placement.
Dr Wahome confirmed that 2020 KCSE candidates can find out the details of their university placement through the SMS code number 20842.
Speaking during the forum, Education Cabinet Secretary Prof. George Magoha said, coronavirus was a challenge but the government made sure all teachers were still paid.
Magoha also said the government has lived up to its promise of ensuring 100 per cent transition from secondary school to universities and colleges.
“A sizable number of students qualified for degrees are choosing to go to technical colleges. Over 6,000 students chose to go to technical courses they are passionate about. Teachers should take part in advising learners on which courses to pursue,” said Prof. Magoha.
By Everlyne Bosibori