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Government launches new university admissions board

10 February 2014, 15:34 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - The government has launched a new university placement board to replace the defunct Joint Admissions Board JAB.

Known as the Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service, the new body will take on further roles in the placement and admission of students to universities.

For example, the admission of parallel programme students will also be done by the board, a role that was not taken by JAB.

In a historic move, the new body will also include representation from private universities at board level, something that had not happened under JAB.

Education Cabinet Secretary Jacob Kaimenyi said the new board will ensure fairness and integrity in the selection process.

" I hope that the new board will be able to tackle the cases of integrity that have dogged JAB in the past and the hope is that fairness will prevail, he said.

The secretary to the Commission for University Education, the chief executive of the Higher Education Loans Board, the chief executive of the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Funding Board, two vice-chancellors representing public universities, two vice-chancellors from private universities, two representatives of the Kenya Association of Technical Institutions, the principal secretary in the ministry responsible for higher education,and the principal secretary in the ministry responsible for finance will make up the board of the new body.

Private universities have for long complained of losing out the best performers in the national exams to the public universities due to the fact that they had been locked out of JAB.

The likes of Strathmore University have been ranked higher than most public universities for years despite not having access to JAB managed students.

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