560,000 Students To Miss University Slots This Year


A total 561,000 students who sat for the 2018 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) will have to forgo their dreams of joining university.

This is after government’s announcement that only 90,744 students who scored a grade of C+ and above will join institutions of higher learning.

The rest will have to pursue diploma courses or join Vocational, Technical Training institutes or in the worst scenario repeat.

However, Education CS Amina Mohammed has encouraged the remaining candidates to apply to the different institutions.

“The Placement Service will process the application on merit taking into account students performances, choices, available capacity and affirmative action for gender, disability and persons with disabilities and candidates from marginalised regions,” said the Cabinet Secretary.

The application process, which will be online, will take place until February 23.

“The process will culminate in the final selection of students for admission to universities and TVET institutions which will be concluded on April 12, 2019. Selection to universities will cater only for the KCSE candidates while placement to TVET institutions will take care of other previous years up to the year 2000,” she added.

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There will be a one month window for students to apply for transfers.

“To ensure candidates join courses and institutions of their choice, a one month window will be opened in May 2019 for the students to apply for inter-institutional transfers,” she said.

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Written by Francis Muli

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