Over 250,000 students who sat the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examination in March and qualified to join Technical and Vocational Education Training Institutions (TVET) under government sponsorship will miss the opportunity.
Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Services (KUCCPS) chief executive Mercy Wahome said the authority has opened its portal for applications but TVET institutes have only declared 331,045 vacancies for new students against a total of 604,021 candidates who scored C (plain) and below in the 2020 KCSE.
While the online application targets students who scored C+ (plus) and above and will close on June 11, TVETS application is open for all students who sat the 2020 KCSE examination.
Dr. Wahome said the application is also open for those who sat the tests in 2019 and previous years all the way to the KCSE class of 2000.
The invitation to students who sat the national examinations in the previous years means more than a million may end up competing to fill the 331,045 spaces declared.
In 2019, the institutions declared 4,829 programmes and 276,163 vacancies.
However, only 88,714 students – some 39,695 males and 49,029 females – applied for the programmes.
More than 500,000 students had scored C and below in the examinations.
In the 2018 KCSE examination, a total of 651,189 candidates qualified for placement to tertiary institutions at various levels under government sponsorship but only about 180,000 registered for Tvets.
Students who scored grade E in the KCSE examination are also encouraged to apply for artisan courses, those with D- will go for craft programmes, grade D and D+ learners will take certificate courses while those who scored C- and C are eligible to apply for diploma programmes, based on the course they want to pursue.
“Regardless of your KCSE examination score, you have a chance to pursue your desired career under government-sponsorship by joining a college of university through KUCCPS,” Dr Wahome said.
While announcing the opening of the placement portal, Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha encouraged the students to seek placement in private Tvets, teacher training colleges and the Kenya Medical Training College.
“I assure the candidates that a bright future awaits them. No learner will be left behind,” Prof Magoha said.
“Our technical and Tvet institutions have vacancies for 331,045 students, while public and private universities have 160,160 spaces for government-sponsored students,” Prof Magoha said.