KCSE 2020: KUCCPS says 265,145 students are places to pursue degree and TVET courses in different institutions within the country.
Dr. Agnes Wahome said 137,072 heve been placed in TVETs while 128,073 will pursue degree courses in universities.
Generally according to Dr. Wahome, there was increase in the total number of candidates who did the KCSE examination from 688,927 in 2019 to 737,527 in 2020. A 7% increase.
Dr. Wahome said “Performance of students who qualified for degree and diploma programmes increased by 14 per cent and 33 per cent respectively. Competition of students for placement was higher during this placement cycle compared to the previous cycle. Low number of students applied for university placement while in schools…we provided students with an opportunity to visit the portal to apply and later revise their courses.”
The KUCCPS boss said that unfortunately some students missed the three opportunities to apply and revise their courses, leading to missing out on placement exercise. Dr. Wahome added that a few students however chose traditional courses without actually taking into consideration the subject requirements and cluster points.
She said 2020 KCSE candidates can know the details of their university placement by sending their details through the SMS code number 20842.
Education Cabinet Secretary Prof. George Magoha, speaking during the same exercise said the Covid-19 pandemic presented a challenge to the sector but the government ensured all teachers were paid their money.
He also said the government has ensured 100 percent transition to tertiary institutions.
Prof Magoha, “Sizable number of students qualified for degrees are choosing to go to technical colleges…over 6,000 students chose to go to technical for courses they are passionate about…teachers should take part in advising learners on which courses to pursue. I became a cabinet secretary but I didn’t even want it…there are people who have been waiting and waiting…the tradition of wanting to do medicine and engineering must change.”
The students who have been successfully placed are required to wait for the respective institutions to gibe them directions on how they're expected to report in school.
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