C+ will no longer guarantee direct university entry

C+ will no longer guarantee direct university entry

More than 90,000 eligible students will today know whether they will secure admission to university when Education Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed unveils course selection.

The Government is weighing its options as it emerged enrolling all students who scored C+ and above in last year’s KCSE exams would have huge cost implications.One of the options is whether the cut-off points should be raised to reduce the number of those joining universities.Only 68,545 students were admitted to universities while 57,488 were admitted to colleges last year. Some 32,521 were admitted to crafts courses and another 4,898 into artisan programmes.

This year, the number of students who qualified for university admission went up by about 20,000, which may require an additional Sh2 billion to to fund their education.Certificate coursesStudents who will be admitted to study for diploma and certificate courses will also know their fate today.Also being discussed is whether State-sponsored students should continue their studies in private universities.President Uhuru Kenyatta instructed the Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS) to place some 10,000 students in private universities.

The students placed in these institutions are funded at the same rate like those admitted in public universities.Private universities say they will need Sh4 billion for admissions, including arrears owed to the institutions.Last year, 12,656 students were placed in private universities. An analysis of the enrolment data shows there are students who opt to transfer from public to private universities to pursue various programmes under the government funding.

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