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KUCCPS Revision of Courses

KUCCPS Revision of Courses: 2017/2018 KUCCPS Placement Cycle

Updated: 06.01.2017

KUCCPS Revision of Courses: KUCCPS is pleased to announce that the 2017/2018 placement cycle has commenced and is currently only receiving applications by 2016 K.C.S.E. candidates through their respective schools/ centres. The school application will end on January 15, 2017.

Thereafter, an announcement on revision of degree and diploma course choices by the individual candidates will be made at an appropriate time through the media and the Placement Service website.

J. M. MURAGURI,
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

KUCCPS Revision of Courses: Poor scores threaten parallel degree programmes

Updated: 2.1.2017

Uncertainty remains on where parallel degree programmes and private universities will source students after Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i announced public universities will directly absorb all the candidates who scored a mean grade of C+ and above in the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education examination.

More than 44,000 students who scored C-plain and hoped to join universities either through Module II (parallel programme) or enrol in private institutions have been shut out of degree programmes after early indications that the cut-off points for selection into various courses will not be lowered.

But, more importantly, after years of opening up higher education and minting billions of shillings courtesy of the huge number of students that get locked out of public universities through the regular programme admissions, private universities and the financially lucrative parallel programme are facing the biggest test yet.

For the first time in several years, the government on Thursday said it will absorb all the 88,929 candidates who scored between A and C+ in last year’s Form Four examination. This sent shockwaves across the higher education sector.

The move has left no room for state-owned universities to enrol privately sponsored students through the parallel programme while shrinking the admission pool for private universities which have thrived mainly because of the inadequacies in the higher education sector.

Added to this are questions on the places available in middle-level colleges that have in recent years been largely shunned.

KUCCPS Revision of Courses: Shoking Results

But Dr Matiang’i told the Nation it was unlikely the minimum qualifications would be lowered.

“The policy of government is that the minimum qualification one needs to join university is C+. It will be very simplistic if we think of it in another way because what would happen next year if we have more people with a C+; will we raise it again? And then again think of it this way, will we also have to drop the minimum qualification for diploma programmes to C-? No,” he said.

The Nation has also learnt that the KCSE results were so shocking that top officials from the Ministry of Education and the Kenya National Examinations Council had to brief President Uhuru Kenyatta, who was in Mombasa on holiday, before releasing them because of the anticipated aftershocks.

This is because, although the drastic drop in performance in the KCSE exam was symptomatic of the culture of exam cheating and leakages that has clouded the national exams for the past several years, the ripple effects in the sector will be far and wide.

Public universities have spent massive resources, most of it borrowed, to set up hundreds of satellite campuses to cater for the demand for higher education which has been surging each year with thousands registering especially for evening classes.

In addition, they have hired hundreds of part-time lecturers to teach module two programmes. Mr Francis Aduol, the Vice-Chancellor at the Technical University of Kenya, says the consequences of the expected shrink in enrolment numbers will be grave.

“A huge chunk of module two will die. The programme was only started because a lot of students could not get direct entry into university and it appears like it will no longer be the case,” he says.

KUCCPS Revision of Courses: Cumpuses Will Shut Down

“Permanent university staff in the universities are hired based on the students admitted through direct entry and everyone else, including lecturers who teach module two courses, are hired on part-time basis. Because revenue streams will decline and there will be no students, some campuses will shut down and staff, including lecturers, will lose their jobs,” he says.

This is in addition to the fact that the placement body will have a difficult time setting the cluster points for various courses since there was a general drop in performance.

In 2015, some 3,500 students were selected to study architecture, actuarial science, civil engineering, electrical and electronic engineering, mechanical engineering, dental surgery, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, medicine, surgery and law.

These 11 courses are the most prestigious and have, for a long time, required one to score a straight A in order to qualify. In 2015, there were 2,636 straight As but in last year’s examination, only 141 candidates scored an A.

KUCCPS chief executive Francis Muraguri says they will review the cluster points and call on students who wish to re-select their preferred courses to do so.

“We have capacity to admit all the 88,000 students but generally from the way they performed, it is likely the cluster points will go down,” he says.
“But it doesn’t mean we will enrol anyone who is less than qualified,” he says.

Only 88,928 candidates attained C+ and above in the 2016 examination compared to 169,492 candidates who managed the grades of C-plus and above in 2015, representing a 47 per cent drop in the number of students who have qualified for university.

Public universities get funding from government but get almost half of their revenue from the module two programme while private universities depend almost entirely on the large number of students who don’t qualify for state sponsorship for higher education.

For example, out of the 522,870 candidates who sat the 2015 KCSE examination, 165,766 scored the minimum university entry qualification of a C+ and above. However, only 74,389 were selected to join public universities due to limited spaces with the cut-off being set at a B of 60 points for male candidates and B of 58 points for female candidates.

In the previous year, 149,717 candidates scored the minimum university entry qualification of a C+ and above out of 483,630 who sat the KCSE exam. For this reason only 67,000 were selected to join public universities on a government sponsorship.

KUCCPS Revision of Courses: Fees Charged Vary

For these two years alone, there were a combined 174,094 students who had qualified to join university but could not, thus providing a huge pool for private and public universities to absorb those who could pay.

This has been the trend for a number of years and it is the reason the module two programme and private universities have grown exponentially.

A state sponsored student in a public university pays about Sh17,000 per semester. In comparison, a privately sponsored student in the same institution pays upwards of Sh70,000 a semester while fees charged in private universities vary. At Daystar University, a first year at their Athi River Campus, for instance, will pay at least Sh99,200 in the first semester alone.

Prof Aduol says that the parallel programmes which were introduced in the year 2000 were started with good intentions.

“One cannot deny that quality has been compromised because every university took its own road because of greed when universities realised there was a demand,” he says.

“It will bring some order and universities will have to think of other avenues they can exploit in order to attract students, like by improving the quality of education they offer.” he adds.

Currently, the country has 33 public universities and 35 private ones, out of which 17 are fully chartered with a combined total of 539,749 students, according to the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics. About two-thirds of these are self-sponsored and the Commission for University Education (CUE) has declared that they will all share the 88,000 students this year.

“We cannot change that unless the government directs so,” CUE chief executive David Some says.

“This would enable us implement the programme where university students get loans depending on their courses, known as Differentiated Unit Cost (DUC), which will be rolled out in July to address some of the shortcomings in funding,” he says.

KUCCPS Revision of Courses: Increase Funding

Universities last year proposed an increase in funding to students from the current Sh32 billion per year to Sh65 billion. A report by vice-chancellors led by Prof Aduol said it costs Sh600,000 to train a dentist, medicine costs Sh576,000, veterinary medicine Sh468,000, pharmacy Sh432,000 and a general art degree Sh144,000. Under the current funding formula, the government provides Sh86,000 to public universities for each student in public universities.

But while public universities will have the consolation of getting a huge chunk of the government sponsored students because of the low fees they charge, private universities will most likely struggle to get the required numbers due to the cost factor.

Last year, they managed to lobby the government to admit 12,000 of their first year students but the National Association of Private Universities in Kenya says their annual enrolment capacity is 20,000 students. Mr Simon Gicharu, who is the association’s chair, says they have to re-engineer their business models in order to survive.

“The problem is that most private universities only offer art-based courses which puts them at a disadvantage and because the meat is now too small to share, those that do not change their business models will not survive,” he says.

“A good way would be strengthening the diploma courses and introducing science-based courses like medicine and engineering,” he says.

Private universities depend entirely on student fees for their upkeep are already struggling to exist as demonstrated by a report released in August last year by CUE which said they are indebted to a tune of Sh7 billion.

State owned universities receive up to 50 per cent of their income from the government.

“The university sub-sector is spending more resources than what it receives from the various income streams. If this trend is not remedied then the universities may not meet their obligations as mandated in law,” said The State of University Education in Kenya report.

It added that a number of institutions were on the verge of folding up.

Source: Nation

Additional 6,000 Kenyans get university admission

Updated on 1.7.2016

School leavers’ chances of joining public universities increased yesterday when admission slots were increased by 6,000.

The Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS) placed 74,046 students into the 33 public universities, an increase from the 68,000 admitted last year.

The board also placed another 12,038 in colleges for diploma courses. Of those selected, there were 6,314 male students, representing 57.39 per cent. Apart from gender, the selection also considered affirmative action based on minorities and people with disabilities.

“Stakeholders will meet on Friday (today) to receive the report,” said KUCCPS Chief Executive Officer John Muraguri.

Moi University has admitted the highest number at 5,834, followed by Kenyatta University with 5, 668, which is above its capacity of 5,598. The University of Nairobi will admit 5,275 students.

According to figures from Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i, the number of candidates who attained the minimum university entry grade this year shot up to 165,766 from 149,717.

However, as 86,000 students were being absorbed into public colleges and universities, another 79,000 who met the minimum entry requirements were locked out.

However, KUCCPS did not pick government-sponsored students to join private universities as representatives of the sector had asked.

But sources have told The Standard that placement to private universities is being considered “at a higher level” and maybe launched soon.

Meanwhile, 470 students will join Garissa University College, which did not admit students last year after the deadly terror attack on April 2 last year.

The institution had 710 slots. It re-opened in January this year, nearly a year after it was closed following the terror attack that claimed 148 lives.

Following the attack, the Government boosted security around the college with plans to spend Sh230 million to erect a permanent perimeter fence equipped with CCTV cameras to detect any possible threats.

Two new universities, Kaimosi Friends University College and Tom Mboya University College, will also admit 896 and 193 students respectively, against their capacities of 905 and 200 students.

And in the over 57 middle-level colleges, a total of 12,038 have been selected for diploma courses.

This number is, however, way below the total declared capacity, which stands at 49,528 places, thus leaving 37,490 slots unfilled.

Among the colleges that have received students is Kenya Medical Training College (KMTC). In July last year, admission of about 4,300 students to the institution faced a huge hurdle after the placement agency and the college clashed over the selection process. KMTC had said it would not admit students selected by the placement agency.

Source: Standard

Second and Final Revision for Degree and Diploma Courses for 2016/2017 Placement

Updated on 8.6.2016

KUCCPS Revision of Courses: The Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service wishes to announce that the online application system opens for the Second and Final Revision on Thursday June 9, 2016 at 0000hrs and will close on Saturday June 18, 2016 at midnight.

This application is open for all those 2015 K.C.S.E. Candidates who, on competitive selection, have not been placed for any of their Degree or Diploma course choices after the First Revision. The Index Numbers of these Candidates are listed in the Placement Service website Downloads. Those candidates whose index numbers do not appear in the website have already been successfully placed in one of their choices and will be informed at the end of June after the selection process is completed.

The Degree and Diploma Programmes with unfilled capacities are also listed in the website. Candidates who had paid revision fees during School Application and during First Revision will NOT be required to pay for the Second Revision.

In addition, previous years K.C.S.E. examination candidates who had attained C- and above and did not qualify for government sponsorship in the respective year may also apply for Diploma programmes following the procedure outlined in the Placement Service Portal.

The relevant guiding information such as Degree and Diploma programmes available per University and College, subject clusters, similar programmes, previous cut-off points (where applicable), weighted cluster calculation by performance index as well as the procedure for application may also be accessed as downloads from the same website.

More information may be obtained from the Placement Service website, emailing info@kuccps.ac.ke or calling the Customer Care lines 0723 954 927 or 0734 879 662.

Please note the dates for the second revision carefully.

CEO/SECRETARY TO THE BOARD

KENYA UNIVERSITIES AND COLLEGES CENTRAL PLACEMENT SERVICE

KUCCPS Second Revision of Courses Links

  1. 2016/2017 Unfilled Degree Programmes for Second Revision
  2. 2016/2017 Unplaced Degree Applicants

Other Useful KUCCPS Second Revision of Courses  Links

  1. Institutions Programmes / Courses
  2. Clusters Programmes
  3. All Similar / Non-Similar Programmes
  4. Similar / Non-Similar Degree Programmes ONLY
  5. Counties, Districts and Post Codes
  6. All Application Guidelines

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KUCCPS Revision of Courses: Candidates First Revision of Degree and Diploma Choices for the 2016/2017 Placement

Updated on 5.4.2016

The Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (Placement Service) is established as a State Corporation under Section 55 of the Universities Act No. 42 of 2012 with its functions being among others to Co-ordinate the Placement of Government Sponsored Students to Universities and Colleges.

The Placement Service Board during its Fifteenth Meeting, held on April 1, 2016, based on the total declared capacities for Degree Programmes under Government Sponsorship, and the performance analysis of the 2015 K.C.S.E examination results, set the Cut-off point for placement to Degree programmes at B of 60 points for male candidates and B- of 58 points for female candidates. This translates to a total number of 74,389 2015 K.C.S.E. candidates who will join Universities in 2016/2017 up from 67,790 in 2015/2016. In addition 50,338 will have an opportunity to access government sponsorship at Diploma colleges (Technical Vocational Education Training) in 2016/2017 up from 44,468 in 2015/2016.

All 2015 K.C.S.E. as well as previous years candidates with a minimum overall grade of C – (Minus) and above and have not benefited from Government Sponsorship in the past are eligible to apply for Diploma programmes.

The Placement Service therefore wishes to announce that the online application system will open for the first revision of Degree and Diploma choices for the 2016/2017 placement to Universities and Colleges on Monday, April 11, 2016 at 0000 hours and will close on Saturday April 30, 2016 at midnight.

Applicants who meet the cut-off point set by the Placement Service for placement to Degree programmes may as an alternative apply for diploma programmes of their choice, while those below the degree cut-off points but with a minimum grade of C- may only apply for diploma programmes, following the procedure outlined in the Placement service website.

Application will be done online by all applicants including those who had submitted their applications earlier through their respective schools and would wish to revise their choices. There will be no manual application.

The relevant guiding information such as degree and diploma programmes per university and college, subject clusters, similar programmes previous cut off points (where applicable) weighted cluster calculation by performance index, may also be accessed as downloads Here.

KUCCPS Revision of Courses: Online System Support

Between Monday, April 11, 2016 and Saturday April 16, 2016 the Placement Service will send officials to the following Universities and Colleges to assist those who may need assistance on how to use the online application system.

  1. Placement Service Headquarters, ACK Gardens, Community behind Ardhi House, Nairobi
  2. Technical University of Mombasa
  3. Coast Institute of Technology
  4. Maseno University, Town Campus
  5. Gusii Institute of Technology
  6. Dedan Kimathi University of Science and Technology
  7. Rift Valley Technical Training Institute
  8. Egerton University, Nakuru Town Campus
  9. Chuka University
  10. Wote Technical Training Institute
  11. Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology
  12. Bumbe Technical Training Institute

All applicants are therefore advised that they may seek assistance from any of the listed Universities or Colleges nearest to them while applying for their preferred courses.

From April 18th 2016 to May 2nd 2016 applicants may visit the Placement Service offices at ACK Gardens, Community, Nairobi for assistance. Enquiries may also be made by email through info@kuccps.ac.ke or on Tel no. 0723954927, 0734879662 during the application period.

PLEASE NOTE THE APPLICATION/REVISION DATES CAREFULLY.

CEO/SECRETARY TO THE BOARD

KENYA UNIVERSITIES AND COLLEGES CENTRAL PLACEMENT SERVICE

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KUCCPS Online Application Procedure

1. KUCCPS Online Application and Registration for Degree and Diploma Courses

This module will be used by individual applicants for application of programme choices between Monday, April 20, 2015 at 0000 hrs. and Saturday, Monday, May 4, 0000hrs. The procedure is as outlined below;

1.1. KUCCPS Applicant Eligibility For a candidate to be eligible to apply for placement, the following conditions will apply:

  1. A Kenyan Citizen governed by Chapter III of the Constitution of Kenya and the Kenya Citizenship Act Cap 172 of 2011
  2. Application will only be eligible to the 2014 KCSE candidates. Candidates of the year(s) preceding 2014 with a minimum grade of C- and above are also eligible for diploma courses.
  3.  The minimum placement requirement to apply for bachelor’s degree will be grade B (60 points) for male candidates and grade B- (58 Points) for Female candidates while the minimum admission requirement to apply for a diploma will be C-
  4. The minimum placement requirement to apply for bachelor’s degree for candidates who schooled for both their Primary and Secondary education in counties classified as marginalized areas by CRA 2012 policy is B- of 55 points for both male and female candidates.
  5. Candidates with disabilities are eligible to apply for bachelor’s degree programme if they meet the following criteria;
    1. Candidates with a mean grade of C+ and above and have visual or hearing impairment.
    2. Candidates with physical impairment with at least B- of 57 Points.

1.2. KUCCPS Applicant Choices;

  1. Candidates with an overall grade of grade B (60 points) for male candidates and grade B- (58 Points) for Female candidates will be allowed to make a total of 6 choices for either degree or diploma programmes.
  2. Candidates with an overall grade of C- and above but below grade B of 60 points for male and grade B- of 58 Points for Female will be allowed to make a maximum of 6 choices from diploma programmes.
  3. Choices 1(a), 1(b) and 1(c) must be similar programmes while Choices 2, 3 and, 4 can be any other programmes.

Candidates with disabilities will download and fill the Disability application form and return the dully filled form to the Placement Service.

1.3. KUCCPS Online Application Requirements;

All applicants will require the following as contained in the 2013 K.C.S.E examination Registration Information;

  1. KCSE Index No,
  2. KCPE Index No,
  3. Birth Certificate Number and in addition,
  4. Enough money in your Mpesa to pay for revision.

The revision charge is Ksh. 1,000 for those candidates who had applied in School and Ksh. 1,500 for those who had not applied in school.

1.4 Procedure for KUCCPS Online Application of Programmes Choices (2014 / 2015 Procedure)

Step 1:

Access from your computer www.kuccps.ac.ke then click on 2016/2017 First Revision of Degree & Diploma Choices to proceed.

Note: Your Password is confidential and MUST never be made known to another person.

Step 2:

The student should input their index number in the top most tabs followed by the year they sat for KCSE examination then use their birth certificate number according to the information given to KNEC.

In case the birth certificate number was not provided during registration the student should use their KCPE index number as the password.

STEP 3: ACCESSING 2016/2017 AVAILABLE PROGRAMMES

  • Click on COURSES/PROGRAMMES.
  • For you to access a particular programme click on the group within which the programme falls in e.g. if it is Engineering click on it.

Click on the particular programme that you want to pursue i.e. if it is Bachelor of Engineering (Civil Engineering), click on it.

Step 4:

KUCCPS APPLICATION: APPLICATION FEE PAYMENT

a) Pay the required amount through your mobile phone by Mpesa following the instructions below:

  • Go to M-PESA on your phone.
  • Select Pay Bill option.
  • Enter Business no. 820201.
  • Enter KCSE Examination year followed by 11 Digit INDEX NO e.g. 201401234567891 as your account number.
  • Enter the Amount.
  • Enter your M-PESA PIN and Send.

b) You will receive a payment confirmation message from Mpesa. On receipt of the confirmation, continue with the application process. The confirmation message received from MPESA should not be deleted as it the transaction ID number will be used to confirm the changes made.

 Step 5: KUCCPS APPLICATION/REVISION OF COURSES/PROGRAMMES

Use the link titled APPLICATION/REVISION to complete your application/revision as follows:

  1. Enter the Programme codes for the revised programme choices that you recorded on the column ‘new programme code.’ Tick on the select to ‘change/revise’ column.
  2. The choices you have made will be displayed if you have completed the form without errors. If you find errors indicated in red, correct and save again.

Step 6:

You MUST Log out when you have finalized with application. This is necessary so as to keep your application information safe.

Note:

  • Applicants can view their previous programme choices by clicking on View Previous Choices and their current programme choices by clicking on View Current Choices.
  • To change the current choices during the application period, you will be required to repeat steps 7.
  • For further assistance, an applicant may visit the KUCCPS officesat 1st Ngong Avenue, ACK Garden. Community, during the application period. Enquires may also be made by sending an email through info@kuccps.ac.keor Call either 0723-954-927or 0734-879- 662 between 8 am and 5 pm during the application period.
  • There will be NO MANUAL REVISION using physical application forms. Application must be done online following the procedure given above.
  • All payments for application MUST be made through MPESA as explained in step 4 of the procedure. Any other mode of payment will NOT BEACCEPTED.

NB: You can download this application information from this link: http://students.kuccps.net/downloads/FirstRevisionManual2015.pdf

1.5. The following guiding information will be available and downloadable from the website.

1.5.1.  Institutions Programmes / Courses

1.5.2. Clusters Programmes

1.5.3.  All Similar / Non-Similar Programmes

1.5.4. Similar / Non-Similar Degree Programmes ONLY

1.5.5. Counties, Districts and Post Codes

1.5.6. All Application Guidelines

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KUCCPS Revision of Courses News Updates

Universities to pick students directly under proposed law

Updated 10.3.2016

Public universities and colleges will select and admit students directly if a government-backed Bill that takes the role away from a single agency becomes law.

The Universities (Amendment) Bill, 2015 by Majority Leader Aden Duale strips the Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS) of the mandate to admit students and places it on respective universities and colleges.

The decision could throw the quality of education into a crisis due to lack of a clear policy on how the universities and colleges will admit the students, analysts say.

KUCCPS will now be reduced to developing career guidance programmes for the benefit of universities and students.

“The admission and placement of students to universities or colleges shall vest in the respective universities or colleges,” states the Bill.

The Universities Act established the KUCCPS which includes two vice-chancellors, one from private and another from a public university.

It replaced the Joint Admissions Board (JAB) — which was selecting students to join public universities — in February 2014. The agency is tasked with coordinating and placement of students in public universities and colleges and ensuring fairness, equity and openness.

KUCCPS is also responsible for placing students in private universities. Removing the role of admitting students from KUCCPS looks set to affect plans to have government sponsored students join private universities.

Motivate expansion

The government announced in 2014 it would extend the benefits of subsidised education beyond public institutions in a policy shift that is expected to motivate expansion of private universities and address the shortage of spaces for qualified candidates.

This was expected to take effect this year.

This means that some of the 123,365 candidates who scored C+ and above in the KCSE examination results released last week can now opt to join the likes of Strathmore, St Pauls and Daystar universities and still enjoy government sponsorship.

Allowing universities to admit students could create a fertile ground for corruption and interference by politicians and top government officials seeking space in top institutions and popular courses like medicine, architecture, engineering, computer science and actuarial science, analysts say.

This arrangement could make it difficult for some universities, especially the new ones, to attract students for unpopular courses.

Source: businessdailyafrica.com

KUCCPS Admission List – Concern as students miss out on university courses of choice

Update: 23-7-2015

Some professional courses in public universities failed to attract more than two students in the just concluded second and final revision of course choices ahead of the September admission date.

This forced the Kenya Universities and Colleges central Placement Service (KUCCPS) — the body charged with admitting students to public universities — to place some students in programmes that they had not selected or applied for.

KUCCPS Chief executive officer John Muraguri on Wednesday raised concern over poor career guidance noting that most of the candidates were only focusing on few careers.

During the second and final revision, about 20,000 candidates who sat for the 2014 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examination had failed to get their first course choices.

Liberal Arts and Environmental courses were least preferred because candidates felt they offered fewer openings in the job market.

About 67,790 candidates have been selected to join the 31 public universities and another 12,000 will join colleges across the country starting September.

On Wednesday, just a day after getting an alert on which programme and university the students will be joining, a number of them accompanied by parents were at KUCCPS headquarters in Nairobi seeking guidance on how to change to their courses of choice and university.

Several of them complained that they had been selected to undertake degree programmes that they do not like.

However, Mr Muraguri said the inter-university transfer is set to start on August 1, and will close on September 30.

However, those seeking transfer must get assured that where they want to go has space and they meet the requirements.

Mr Muraguri disclosed that KUCCPS was developing an online system to cater for the inter-universities transfers in the coming two months.

“Students can download the form for transfers from the transfer portal from our website starting August 1,” he said.

Several candidates missed on their courses of choice due to increase in cluster points after more students performed well in the national examination.

Education stakeholders have now proposed that the KUCCPS should do away with cluster system and instead embrace individual subjects.

The Technical University of Kenya Vice-Chancellor Prof Francis Aduol said many students were being locked out of Universities degree programmes that they wish to pursue and qualify due to the cluster system.

“We are not paying interest to individual subjects in degree programme as compared to in the diploma courses. It is high time we give individual subject the necessary attention,” said Prof Aduol.

He observed that courses such as Law were insisting of a B+ in English while Engineering courses were now demanding that the candidate must have a C+ in English.

Source:  Daily Nation

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Update – 16-07-2015

KUCCPS Admission List – 80,000 Students to Join Various Universities & Colleges

The Standard Newspaper

ABOUT 80,000 students who sat last years form four national examinations can now breath a sigh of relief after the placement board approved their admission to the various universities and colleges.

The Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS) board yesterday adopted the final list generated after the completion of first and second courses revisions exercises.

Documents seen by the Standard reveal that some 67, 790 students have been selected to pursue degree programs in the 31 pubic universities this year.

This is an increase of about 10, 500 students from last year’s placement.

Another 11, 523 students will join the 50 middle level colleges under the diploma programs.

Of the 483, 630 candidates sat last year’s KCSE examinations, only 149, 717 scored the minimum university entry grade of C+. Some 123, 365 candidates attained the same grade in 2013.

KUCCPS Chief Executive Officer John Muraguri said all selected students must report in September.

“The board met today (16-7-2015) and approved the 2015/16 placement list. It shall be ratified during the stakeholder meeting to be held on July21, 2015 and after that students will get calling letters,” said Muraguri.
“All the selected students will receive a mobile phone text message with details of courses and institutions they have been selected to join,” said Muraguri.

The document reveals that some 1, 493 students have benefited from the affirmative action based on the three categories of gender, minority groups and persons with disability.

The board set the cut-off point for placement to degree programs at B of 60 points for male candidates and B- (Minus) of 58 points for female candidates.

And for the first time, two students with mental disability and another two with speech disorder have been selected to join universities.

Previously, only the physically challenged and students with hearing impairment applied to be considered for university slots, according to the documents.

Muraguri said this year’s selection yielded more success as 59, 688 students were placed in the programs they chose during first or second revision.

“This is about 88 per cent of the total placements. Last year, of the 56, 938 students who were laced by the service, 48, 719 got courses they selected in first or second revision, representing some 85 per cent of total placement,” said Muraguri.

He said the improvement means that students are becoming more informed on how to make choices.

“We have had cases where students pick all the competitive courses for top three choices. They end up missing all even after they scored high marks,” said Muraguri.

“We shall however continue to sensitise students through career fairs in schools, agricultural shows and education days,” said Muraguri.

Moi University will admit 5, 826 students, being biggest number this year.

Kenyatta University is second with some 5, 650 students as University of Nairobi admits 5, 550 students.

Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology (MMUST) will admit 3, 900 students as Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) takes in 3, 600 students.

Maseno University will admit 3, 455 while Egerton will take in some 3,051 students.

Muraguri yesterday expressed concern over diploma programs saying placement is still very low.

“Of the 44, 468 declared capacities in middle level colleges only 11, 523 slots have been taken up,” said Muraguri.

Last year, only 15, and 000 slots were taken up under diploma programs.

He said this year; some 2, 300 students have been placed to study various programs at the Kenya Medical Training College (KMTC)

“Last year we placed over 4,000 students. The drop is largely because the KMTC also advertised to admit students. As KUCCPS we do not recognize those ones,” said Muraguri.

He said many students may have been misled by the KMTC adverts. “But we still continue to receive applications to the various diploma programs,” he said.

Medicine still remained the most competitive program across all the universities.

Dental science, engineering (civil and electrical), architecture, pharmacy, and actuarial science were also ranked most competitive in that order.
The least applied for programs were Bachelor of education (music) and Bachelor of Arts (music).
Anthropology, ethno botany and Bachelor of education (Physical education) also had least applicants.

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KUCCPS Admission List: 79,700 selected to join public universities in September

Nation Newspaper

A total of 79,313 candidates who sat Form Four exams in 2014 have been selected to join 31 public universities and 50 middle-level colleges in September.

After the final revision of courses, statistics from the Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS) now indicate that 67,790 students will join public universities, compared with 57,250 last year, while 11,523 candidates will join middle-level colleges.

Despite middle-level colleges having a capacity of 41,550, students who qualified to join them chose not to do so.

KUCCPS Chief Executive Officer John Muraguri on Thursday said medical courses, architecture, engineering, computer science and actuarial science attracted the highest number of applications.

KUCCPS Admission List – Colleges Shun

However, only 316 candidates have been selected for medicine courses, with the University of Nairobi taking the highest number at 120.

Kenyatta University took 50, Moi University (43), Egerton University (33), Jomo Kenyatta University of Science and technology (30) while Maseno University will receive 40 students.

A total of 483,630 candidates sat for the exams in the 2014 and 3,073 scored A, 11,768 managed A- while 19,814 got B+.

The students’ move to shun the middle-level colleges is a setback to the government, which has been expanding them after some were converted to universities.

This financial year, the government allocated Sh3 billion to technical training institutes.

KUCCPS Admission Enquiry – Negative Attitude

Mr Muraguri blamed parents for the negative attitude students show towards technical colleges.

“We have to encourage students to join TVET (Technical Vocational Education and Training) institutions. Parents should also change their perception on these institutions. At the moment, every person wants to join university yet we have limited space,” said Mr Muraguri.

Kenyatta University has admitted the highest number of students at 5,942 while Kirinyaga University College will get the lowest at 534.

Kenya Medical Training College will admit 4,860 students while Emining Technical Training Institute will admit 120 students.

KUCCPS Admission Enquiry – Affirmative Action

Through affirmative action, Mr Muraguri said, 946 students from marginalised areas would join public universities while another 363 will join based on their gender.

He added that 163 students with disabilities would also join the universities

“When we lowered the marks for university entry, it created an opportunity for many students to pursue courses that they had chosen,” he said.

University vice-chancellors and other stakeholders are now set to meet on Tuesday to validate the placements.

Source : Daily Nation

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KUCCPS Second Revision for Degree and Diploma Courses for The 2015/2016 Placement

The Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service hereby wishes to announce that the online application system opened for the Second and final revision on Monday June 8, 2015 at 0000hrs and will close on Saturday June 20, 2015 at midnight.

This application is open for all those 2014 K.C.S.E Candidates who, on competitive selection, have not been placed for any of their Degree or Diploma choices after the First revision. The Index Numbers of these Candidates are listed in the Placement Service Website www.kuccps.ac.ke. Those candidates whose index numbers do not appear in the website have already been successfully placed in one of their choices and will be informed at the end of July after the selection process is completed.

The Degree Programmes (Click Here) and Diploma Programmes with unfilled capacities are also listed in the website.

Candidates who had paid revision fees during School Application and during First Revision will NOT be required to pay for the Second Revision.
In addition, previous years K.C.S.E Examination candidates who had attained C- and above and did not qualify for government sponsorship in the respective year may also apply for Diploma programmes following the procedure outlined in the Placement Service website www.kuccps.ac.ke.

KUCCPS Courses Revision

The relevant guiding information such as Degree and Diploma programmes available per University and College, subject clusters, similar programmes, previous cut off points (where applicable), weighted cluster calculation by performance index as well as the procedure for application; may also be accessed as downloads from the same website.

Kuccps Enquiry – KUCCPS Admission Enquiry 2014

More information may be obtained from the Placement Service Website www.kuccps.ac.ke, Emailing info@kuccps.ac.ke or calling the Customer Care lines 0723 954 927 or 0734 879 662.

Please note the dates for the Second Revision carefully.

CEO/SECRETARY TO THE BOARD KENYA UNIVERSITIES AND COLLEGES CENTRAL PLACEMENT SERVICE

Update 2 – KUCCPS First Revision of Courses for KCSE 2014 Candidates

The 2014 First Revision of Degree and Diploma programmes kicked off on the 20th of April 2014 countrywide. All male candidates with a B of 60 points and above and all female candidates with a B- of 58 points and above were allowed to revise for degree programmes while all candidates with a minimum overall grade of C- and above were able to apply for diploma programmes.

The online application system was opened on Monday, April 20th, 2015 at 0000hrs and closed on Monday, May 4th 2015 at midnight.

Officials of the Placement Service visited the following areas during the revision period:

  • Technical University of Mombasa
  • Coast Institute of Technology
  • Maseno University, Town Campus
  • Gusii Institute of Technology
  • Dedan Kimathi University of Science and Technology
  • Rift Valley Technical Training Institute
  • Egerton University, Nakuru Town Campus
  • Chuka University
  • Wote Technical Training Institute
  • Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology
  • Bumbe Technical Training Institute
  • In addition, there was a customer care center set up at the Placement Service headquarters at ACK Gardens, Community, Nairobi during the revision period.

There was overwhelming response with close to 64,000 applications for degrees and over 12,000 applications for diplomas. The Placement Service is in the process of validating the application data received in readiness for the next stage of Second Revision of Choices for those who miss out on their preferred First Revision Choices.

We wish to thank all those who participated in the revision exercise including all parents, guardians and applicants who heeded the call for revision.

All queries can be made by sending an email to info@kuccps.ac.ke or calling 0723954927, 0734879662

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Update 1

2014 K.C.S.E CANDIDATES FIRST REVISION OF DEGREE AND DIPLOMA PROGRAMMES FOR THE 2015/2016 PLACEMENT

The Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (Placement Service) is established as a State Corporation under Section 55 of the Universities Act No. 42 of 2012 with its functions being to, among others co-ordinate the placement of Government Sponsored Students to Universities and Colleges.

KUCCPS cut off points for 2015/2016 Placement

The Placement Service Board, during it’s tenth meeting, based on the total declared capacities for Degree Programmes under Government Sponsorship, and the performance analysis of the 2014 K.C.S.E. Examination Results, has set the Cut-off point for placement to Degree Programmes at B of 60 points for male candidates and B- of 58 points for female candidates.

KUCCPS Revision of Diploma Courses

In addition, all K.C.S.E candidates with a minimum overall grade of C- (Minus) and above and who have not benefited from Government Sponsorship in the past are eligible to apply for diploma programmes.

KUCCPS Rivision for Degree and Diploma Courses

The Placement Service therefore wishes to inform the 2014 K.C.S.E. Examination Candidates that the online application system will open for the First Revision of Degree and Diploma programmes for the 2015/2016 placement on Monday, April 20th, 2015 at 0000 hrs and will close on Monday, May 4th 2015 at midnight.

Applicants who meet the cut-off point set by the Placement Service for placement to Degree programmes may in addition apply for diploma programmes of their choice, while those below the degree cut-off points but with a minimum grade of C- may only apply for diploma programmes, following the procedure outlined Here: https://softkenya.com/kuccps/online-application-for-degree-and-diploma-courses/

Applications will be done online by all applicants including those who had submitted their applications earlier through their respective schools and would wish to revise their choices. There will be no manual applications.

The relevant guiding information such as degree and diploma programmes per university and college, subject clusters, similar programmes, previous cut off points (where applicable), weighted cluster calculation by performance index; may also be accessed from Kuccps website as downloads.

KUCCPS ONLINE REVISION OF COURSES SUPPORT

Between Monday, April 20th, 2015 and Saturday April 25th, 2015, the Placement Service will send officials to the following Universities and Colleges to assist those who may need assistance on how to use the online application system:

  1. Placement Services Headquarters, ACK Gardens, Community behind Ardhi House.

    KUCCPS revision of courses

    KUCCPS revision of courses

  2. Technical University of Mombasa
  3. Coast Institute of Technology
  4. Maseno University, Town Campus
  5. Gusii Institute of Technology
  6. Dedan Kimathi University of Science and Technology
  7. Rift Valley Technical Training Institute
  8. Egerton University, Nakuru Town Campus
  9. Chuka University
  10. Wote Technical Training Institute
  11. Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology
  12. Bumbe Technical Training Institute.
  13. All applicants are therefore advised that they may seek assistance from any of the listed universities or colleges nearest to them while applying for their preferred courses.

From April 27th, 2015 to May 4th, 2015, applicants may visit the Placement Service offices at ACK Gardens for assistance. Enquiries may also be made by sending an email to info@kuccps.ac.ke or calling 0723954927, 0734879662 during the application period.

PLEASE NOTE THE APPLICATION DATES CAREFULLY

CEO/SECRETARY TO THE BOARD
KENYA UNIVERSITIES AND COLLEGES CENTRAL PLACEMENT SERVICE

KUCCPS revision of courses and other useful links

1. KUCCPS – Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service
2. Procedure for Online Application for Degree and Diploma Courses
3. KUCCPS Online Application for Degree and Diploma Course
4. KUCCPS Website: www.kuccps.uonbi.ac.ke/



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