Education Cabinet Secretary Dr Amina Mohamed has disclosed that fewer Form Four candidates will qualify to join university this year compared to last year. Speaking in Mombasa yesterday, The CS said the number of candidates who will qualify to join various universities is expected to drop because of the eradication of exam cheating.
Mohamed said most of those who fail to secure space in universities in the country should join various vocational and technical colleges to acquire skills to help in developing the country
The minister noted that last year, there were only 67,000 students who qualified for university admission and regretted the number will still go down as the Kenya National Examination Council (Knec) continues to tighten its grip in marking examination papers. “We are reforming the sector to make it relevant as it is crucial for the Big Four agenda,” said the CS. She said the decision of the Government to recognise skills achieved outside formal education and training in technical and training institutions had opened many avenues for anybody who fails to be admitted to university to continue learning to the highest qualification. At the same time, Technical and Vocational Training (TVET) institutes have been urged to take advantage of the Big Four Agenda to produce competent graduates who will drive realisation of the Government’s agenda. Principal Secretary, State Department of Vocational and Technical Training, Dr Kevit Desai, said no country had developed without skills acquired in such institutions. “Our key priority for TVET institutions will be focused on ensuring they align their training towards channeling out competent graduates who will drive the realisations of these agendas. There is no country that has developed without TVET skills and that’s why the Government has invested more on TVET sector,” said Dr Desai.