KUCCPS has seven days to explain why placement results were restricted to costly SMS

KUCCPS CEO Nancy Wahome. [Denis Kibuchi, Standard]

The Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Board (KUCCPS) has seven days to explain why students were restricted to an SMS service costing Sh25 to receive KCSE placement results.

The Commission on Administrative Justice argues that KUCCPS placement service was costly, and failed to provide alternative ways for recipients to get the information without them having to incur costs.

 “The Commission undertook a preliminary investigation into the matter whereof an audit of your institutional website did not yield information on how students could access the placement information on the website, or know the alternative ways in which such information could be accessed without incurring unnecessary costs,” the commission chaired by Florence Kajuju noted.

Additionally, the Justice Commission says the Corporation should have provided other ways for the students to access the information.

"To comply with the obligation on proactive disclosure of information, your institution is expected to have provided adequate guiding information on the alternative access procedures on your website or any other media (online or otherwise) in addition to the information on SMS access,” reads a letter by the Administrative Justice Commission.

"This is to request you to respond to the foregoing concerns as well as inform the Commission of the measures initiated by your Institution to ensure full compliance within seven days from the date hereof.”

Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu announced the release of the 2022 University placement results for Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) students on Monday, July 31.

Students placed in universities, TVETs, and teacher training colleges were required to check their results via SMS by sending their KCSE Index numbers to 20842.