Candidates who sat for Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) exams this year will start joining universities in June.
University Education and Research Principal Secretary Simon Nabukwesi said the government will facilitate immediate university placements after the results.
“The Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS) will start placing the candidates in the institutions immediately the KCSE results are released. There will be no waste of time. Candidates will be picked to join universities in early June. Those joining colleges and vocational institutes will do so in September,” he said.
The PS urged the candidates to strive for the best even after their secondary education.
“Completing secondary education marks the beginning of another journey. Secondary school is not the climax. Please pursue higher education to secure your future and better contribute to nation-building,” said the PS.
The Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Services (KUCCPS) CEO Dr Mercy Wahome said all candidates who sat the KCSE exam have an opportunity to join institutions of higher learning to pursue a course of their choice.
KUCCPS can place students in private and public colleges and universities for courses approved by the government, she said.
The window for uploading the course application forms that students filled before the KCSE exams began closed on April 1.
She explained that students will be given an opportunity to revise the courses once the results are out in April.
“We have opportunities in both government and private institutions for all the 800,000 candidates, as we do not have a shortage of colleges, universities and TVETs (Technical and Vocational Education and Training),” she said.
She explained that the majority of students are ignorant of the opportunities provided by the government, adding that students would be helped to embrace courses that will help them in their careers.
She encouraged students to change their attitudes to technical courses such as agriculture, which are aligned to the government’s Big Four agenda.
A majority of applications received by KUCCPS are for medicine, nursing and engineering courses, Dr Wahome said.
“We have so far received about 50,000 applications for nursing and medicine and over 5,000 for engineering courses. We are encouraging students to think outside courses as the world is changing,” she said.
The results will be released officially at Knec Headquarters in Nairobi today afternoon.
“Education Cabinet Secretary Prof George Magoha to release the 2021 KCSE results at the @ExamsCouncil offices, Denis Pritt, at 11.30am” read a statement by Knec on twitter.
The announcement will be made at Kenya National Examinations Council (Knec) offices in the presence of education officials.
A total of 831,015 candidates registered for the examination which were administered at 10,413 centres.
In the last KCSE results the top candidate was Robinson Wanjala from Murang’a High School.
In the overall grade summary for 2020 KCSE results, 893 candidates, representing 0.12 per cent, scored a mean grade of an A plain and above.
A total of 6420 candidates, 0.85 per cent, scored grade A- (minus). A total of 7313 candidates scored grade A- (minus) and above.
14,427 candidates, 1.92 per cent, scooped grade Grade B+ (plus) with 21,740 being the cumulative number of candidates who scored at least a grade B+.