KCSE candidates get greenlight to review their course choices

Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Services (KUCCPS) CEO Dr. Agnes Mercy Wahome addressing Bandari Maritime Academy trainers and cadets during a signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between KUCCPS and the Institution in Mombasa County on Friday 29, October 2021. [Kelvin Karani, Standard]

Candidates who sat the 2021 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) and want to review their university and college courses can do so starting May.

Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS) CEO Mercy Wahome said all the 826,807 KCSE candidates will transition to institutions of higher learning.

“The KUCCPS application portal will open in May. Candidates who applied for courses at school and would wish to revise their options will have an opportunity to make the changes when the portal opens,” said Wahome.

She said all the 145,145 candidates who attained the minimum university entry requirement of C+ and above will be offered places in public and private universities under government sponsorship.

“Candidates who scored grades ranging from E to C plain will be eligible for government sponsorship in Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions,” she added.

KCSE exam results indicated that some 681,662 candidates scored between grades C plain and E’s.

Education CS George Magoha announced last week that all candidates were eligible to progress to higher learning institutions depending on their grades.

Magoha highlighted the need to focus on improving TVET institutions where the majority of the Form Four leavers will be joining.

“We wish to inform the public that modalities are being worked out to start the processes of placing the 2021 KCSE candidates to various degree and TVET courses for the 2022/2023 academic year,” said Wahome.

However, Wahome said only those who apply for placement in the various universities and TVET institutions will be considered in the placement and government sponsorships.

The placement service first opened the window for 2021 applications in March for the first application exercise, whereby principals are expected to submit candidates’ course choices in the KUCCPS’ portal.

This means, students whose schools failed to submit course applications will have to make the applications by themselves once the service resumes applications.

Overall, students have 18 choices open to them when making applications. Out of these, are six options for degree courses, four for diploma programmes, and a similar number for craft certificate options. Another four options are available for artisan certificate courses.

For degrees, candidates are expected to list their preferred four courses in the order of priority. The two-month application window is a wake-up call to teachers and parents amid reports that some teachers failed to guide students through the selection.