Recently kuccps reviewed the placement criteria and entry requirements for students willing to further their studies. Following this adjustments students will now have an easier and simplified way of selecting their courses.
As from next year, KUCCPS, (Kenya universities and college central placement service.) will allocate students to courses through a flexible criterion that will widen their options in courses of study.
Previously, courses that were in a cluster classification have now been sub divided into sub-clusters. This category will have its requirements stated clearly which will make it easier for the students to choose their preferred area of study.
Yesterday, kuccps provided a degree placement criteria document and report to all the universities and other stakeholders in the education sector. This move according to the kuccps CEO Nancy wahome, was implemented in order to accommodate a significant number of students to higher institutions. The new criteria has introduced sub-clusters in some of the cluster subjects which have different admission requirements which are slightly higher.
Initially, candidates whose cluster points didn’t fit into clusters of certain courses were completely denied a chance and were forced to enroll in courses they are not passionate about or interested in. Speaking at kenyatta university in a stakeholder forum, Nancy wahome further said that they are working to ensure that they come up with as many sub clusters as possible to ensure that candidates are not placed in programs that the are not interested in.
However, minimum entry points for programs such as law will remain unchanged even though sub clusters have been introduced in other degree programs. These adjustments will be effective as from next year after verification and admission updates from various university senates. This will also include determination of cut off points in various courses which also vary from one university to the other depending on the qualifications of the applicants and the number of students the university can accommodate.
Simon, the PS of University Education and Research added that the forum is a breakthrough of a journey that began in 2019 when universities were asked to give their opinions on the new placement criteria. However, deputy VC at the University of Embu, opposed the process saying that the report did not present a philosophical foundation for the requirements per subject. He further noted that the universities failed to attract students to some courses blaming it on the duplication of courses which according to him has led to the declining of quality in certain academic sectors.