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Students to review courses end of June

EDUCATION
By AUGUSTINE ODUOR | Jun 18th 2014 | 2 min read

Kenya: Kenya Universities and Colleges Placement Service (KUCCPS) board has said the second revision of courses by students joining institutions of higher learning will be done at the end of this month.

At the same time, KUCCPS acting Chief Executive Officer John Muraguri has said the placement of diploma students to colleges will be backdated to two years.

“The board approved that we can start placement of diploma students from 2011. And during the second revision, we shall also be doing this for all the college students,” said Mr Muraguri.

He said the second selection will, however, only be open to students who missed out on the first selection.

“All of them will have a second chance to revise their courses at end of the month. We shall specify the dates in due course,” he said.

He therefore, asked all candidates to be on the look out. “What we are trying to do is to be fair to all qualified candidates so that no one will feel left out in this process,” he added.

For long, the diploma colleges have only been admitting from their locality, but with the new rules, students across borders will be admitted to colleges they qualify for.

KUCCPS is a creation of the Universities Act and it replaces the Joint Admissions Board (JAB).

Muraguri said candidates will only be placed on the program of their second choice if they fail to qualify for the first option and also if there are no vacancies in all the three institutions chosen under the first option.

For degree programs, candidates will choose up to eight courses they wish to study. For diploma courses, candidates will make six choices.

The new agency is expected to co-ordinate placement of the ‘Government-sponsored’ students to universities and colleges based on the Government’s priority areas.

The Standard has however, established that funding of students to public universities may not commence immediately.

This emerged on Monday during a closed-door meeting between private and public universities representatives and education Cabinet Secretary Jacob Kaimenyi.

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