As 2022 KCSE students who scored C+ and above gear up to start their first year of university education, it has emerged that several degree courses on offer attracted just ten or less students.
An analysis of placements on the Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS) data published by The Standard shows that a staggering 104 academic programmes offered by Kenyan universities only attracted a maximum of 10 students each.
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This comes after it was revealed late last month that a significant number of students from the 2022 cohort who qualified for degree courses elected to be placed in TVET institutions.
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Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu on July 31, disclosed that 9,673 KCSE 2022 candidates chose to pursue TVET courses despite scoring C+ and above, the minimum grade required to qualify for a degree programme in Kenya.
According to the analysis, for degree programmes in the following areas of study, only one student was placed:
Surprisingly, even the Bachelor of Engineering (Manufacturing, Industrial and Textile Engineering) only managed to attract 16 students.
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Below is a breakdown of the placement results released by the Education CS on July 31:
Total Capacity: The Technical and Vocational Education and Training Authority (TVETA) and Commission for University Education (CUE), in the 2023/2024 placement cycle indicated there were a total of 768,624 capacities for placement of students in the 69 universities, 210 TVET institutions and 3 Secondary Teacher Training Colleges.
Candidates in 2022 KCSE: A total of 881,416 candidates sat for the 2022 KCSE examinations.
Candidates Eligible for Placement: A total of 870,561 students out of the 881,416 who sat for the KCSE 2022 examination were eligible for placement in universities and colleges. This represents 98.8% of all the candidates who sat for the examination that year.
Candidates who Applied for Placement: Despite 98.8% of the candidates being eligible for placement, only 285,698 or 32.8% of the candidates applied to be placed by KUCCPS in various institutions. A total of 584,863 students, or about two-thirds of the eligible students were not placed to any institution.
Placement Shortfall: From a capacity of 768,624 in Kenya’s post-secondary institutions, a whooping 62.8% or some 482,926 of the available slots in various institutions across the country were not taken up by 2022 KCSE candidates.
Placement in Degree Programmes: A total of 140,107 students were placed in degree programmes. Some 130,485 candidates were placed to public universities and 9,622 to private universities. This represents 80.9% of the 173,244 students who qualified for degree programmes.
A total of 144,500 applicants have been placed in TVET institutions.
560 applicants have been placed to Secondary Teacher Training Colleges.
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