All 2017 KCSE candidates who scored a minimum aggregate grade of C+ of 46 points shall be eligible for placement to both public and private universities to pursue degree courses under Government sponsorship, the Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS) has announced.
According to the KUCCPS Board, which held its 28th meeting on Wednesday to discuss the 2018/2019 placement of Government-sponsored students to universities and colleges, all candidates who scored a minimum mean grade of C – of 32 points shall be eligible for placement to pursue diploma courses offered in tertiary institutions.
All candidates who scored a mean grade of D of 18 points and above shall be eligible for placement to craft certificate courses offered in tertiary institutions.
The Board said it made its decisions after considering the analysis of the 2017 KCSE examination results together with the maximum available capacities in Kenyan universities and colleges.
“Towards this end, the Placement Service will open its online application system for applicants to revise their choices on Wednesday, January 24, 2018, at 00.00 hours and close on February 14, 2018, at 24.00 hours,” CEO John Muraguri said in a statement.
According to Muraguri, those who did not submit their applications through their schools may use this opportunity to apply for degree, diploma or certificate courses of their choice as Government supported students.
The application procedure and other relevant guiding information may be accessed through the Placement Service website www.kuccps.ac.ke.
He further said candidates who sat for their KCSE examination earlier than 2017 are only eligible for placement to Diploma and Certificate courses.
Muraguri also noted that in addition to the placement to degree, diploma and certificate courses in local universities and colleges, there are several opportunities in the technical training and vocational training centres that could absorb those who scored D- to train in Artisan courses and those who scored E to train in the National Vocational Certificates Courses.
“There are therefore enough opportunities for all our youth who completed their KCSE examination in 2017, regardless of their results,” the KUCCPS CEO said.
In last year’s KCSE exams, whose results were released by Education CS Fred Matiang’i on December 20, there was a decline of candidates qualifying for university admission compared to 2016 with girls performing better than boys.
Karimi Naomi of Pangani Girls emerges top candidate with a mean grade A of 87.011.
While the number of grade As increased to 142 from 141 in 2016, A-s reduced by more than half to 2,714 from 4,645 in 2016.
“Overall, the number of candidates with minimum university entry qualification of Mean Grade C+ and above is 70,073 (11.38 per cent) in the 2017 KCSE examination compared to 88,929 (15.41 per cent) in 2016,” said Dr Matiang’i.
A total of 615,773 candidates registered for the tests. The mass failure sparked calls by Opposition leader Raila Odinga and Knut secretary general Wilson Sossion for an audit to determine what the cause was.
However, Matiang’i has defended the outcome and the speedy processing of the results, which was aided by optic markers and other ICT systems.