On Monday, November 15, (KUCCPS) The Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service  began the process of reviewing the degree and diploma criteria for university placement of government-sponsored students.

KCCPS Chief Executive Officer, Agnes Wahome stated in an initial briefing that the meeting was scheduled to review the minimum admission requirements to universities and colleges.

Vice-chancellors from various universities, academic registrars, and representatives from professional bodies were among those who attended the meeting.

Wahome stated that the long-awaited review is the result of student complaints about the current criteria. She noted that there had been numerous changes in the education sector since the criteria were last reviewed in 2017.

“”The review) is in response to concerns and suggestions from training institutions and other stakeholders about the need to revise the criteria,” Wahome explained.

She went on to say that the stakeholders would look over a report by the Independent Criteria Review Committee (ICRC), which was tasked with receiving, compiling, and analyzing the proposed changes for both the degree and diploma programs.

“We asked universities to provide their perspectives on degree placement criteria because we noticed that the situation is currently unbalanced and there is a lot of work to be done on these issues,” KUCCPS stated.

Among some of the concerns raised by education stakeholders are the admission requirements for the diploma in Primary Teacher Education (DPTE), which require students to have a KCSE Mean Grade of C (plain) with a C in languages, Mathematics, and any of the humanities and sciences subjects.

A C in English and a D+ in Mathematics are the minimum entry requirements for a Bachelor of Education degree program.

It arises after KUCCPS gave students with grade E a lifeline when it was announced that they could pursue their careers all the way to the doctorate level.

 

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