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Apply for varsity slots at counties, students told

By Jacinta Mutura | June 2nd 2021
Cheserek Brian, a former Kapsabet Boys student is carried shoulder high with his father Charles Cheserek (left) and relatives at Chepkanga village in Eldoret after scoring an A plain of 82 points.[Peter Ochieng, Standard]

Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) candidates who qualified to join institutions of higher learning will select courses and apply for placement to their favourite institutions from their respective counties.

This is after the Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS) released a list of 48 decentralised selection centres across the country. The notice released on Monday indicated that the application and revision exercise in the 47 counties will run for six days.

“Between May 31 and June 5, 2021, visit the following institutions for support in course selection and application for placement and government sponsorship to universities and colleges,” read the notice.

The centres were set up in public universities, colleges, polytechnics, technical training institutions and Huduma centres across the country.

In Nairobi, applicants will be attended at GPO and Makadara Huduma centres for course selection and application to institutions of higher learnng.

Other counties where the exercise will be done at Huduma centres include Kakamega, Kisumu, Uasin Gishu, Nakuru, Nyeri, Meru, Kitui, Garissa, Mombasa, Wajir, Lamu, Mandera, Kwale, Samburu, Kilifi and Baringo. Applicants in other counties will visit selected public tertiary institutions.

KUCCPS further cautioned the applicants to watch out for fraudsters and online misinformation.

Decentralisation of the course application centres came a week after Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha announced that all the 143,140 candidates who scored C+ and above will know the tertiary institutions they have been placed to by end of July.

Available slots

“Candidates who were not able to apply for placement or wish to change will have the opportunity to submit their choices or review their applications.” 

The revision timeline will allow the institutions of higher education to admit the students in the new academic year beginning September.

Already, public and private universities have declared a capacity of 160,160 students for government-sponsored students, while colleges, and Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions announced 331,045 slots for Form Four leavers.

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