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Students to blame for making wrong course choices

29 August 2014, 13:17 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi – The Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS) has said government sponsored students pursuing courses they did not choose in institutions of higher learning are to blame for failing to make informed choices.

The KUCCPS chair, David Ndetei, said after the release of the Kenya National Examination Council results, the Service gives candidates to be sponsored by the government an opportunity to revise their courses and universities they intend to join but most of them end up making poor choices.

“I think more awareness has to be provided to candidates by the District Education Officers, school principals, counsellors, parents and through the media to Form Four candidates to make proper decisions on minimum entry points of courses and universities of their choice,” said Ndetei.

“The computerized selection process is very competitive and candidates are placed to courses not applied for after failing to meet entry points of the three optional courses on their list of selection that is done based on the question of choice and cluster,” he added.

Ndetei said students who have been placed in universities they are uncomfortable in due to financial constraints or health problems are given an opportunity to do an inter-university transfer after being confirmed a bonafide student of the varsity placed.

“Students seeking inter-university transfer should follow duly process after being admitted in the university placed by KUCCPS and engages the varsity’s Senate to write to the institution the intend to transfer to after giving justification,” said Ndetei.

He added that Service is committed in promoting equity and bridging the gap between marginalized areas in the selection by lowering cut-off points for vulnerable gender in pursuing certain courses in universities and colleges. He revealed that the selection of students from 14 marginalized areas is not determined by KUCCPS, but is based on the Kenya Revenue Authority’s survey.

He further said that the Service is ready to listen to complaints raised by anybody regarding the university placement for openness and satisfaction to enhance equal opportunity in the selection regardless of the candidates’ social status or region of residence.

The Education Principal Secretary, Belio Kipsang, said KUCCPS selection system is now open and fair especially by allowing students to revise their courses immediately after the release of Form Four results to verify they meet entry-points of their choice courses unlike defunct Joint Admissions Board that had problems.

Kipsang confirmed that talks are underway for the Health Ministry to take full management of selection of candidates intending to pursue medical professions at the Kenya Medical Training College (KMTC).

“There has been a challenge with KMTC in the placement of candidates by Education ministry. The Health ministry allowed us to conduct the selection this year but more engagements are underway for the ministry to manage it from next year,” said Kipsang.

The two principals in the Education sector were responding to inquiries raised by the National Assembly’s Education committee presided over by the committee’s vice chair, Julius Meli regarding the 2014 admission of government sponsored candidates to universities and colleges by KUCCPS. 

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