Society / Education
Wednesday, 24 Aug 2016 15:15 EATlbramwel@kenyafreepress.com
Kenya is about to mark a milestone in higher education financing when the government begins a programme under which it will manage admission to private universities. TheKenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS), which manages a central admissions system to public universities, has announced that it will admit 10,000 students into private universities this year.
The 10,000 students to be admitted under the programme will receive the same financial support as those admitted into the public universities, including sponsorship by the Higher Education Loans Board for their living expenses.
The decision by KUCCPS is designed to meet the needs of 2015 candidates who missed the cut-off for public university admission by two points.
Speaking during the announcement, KUCCPS Chief Executive Officer John Muraguri posited that the cut off will be lowered to a B- of 58 points for male candidates and B- of 56 points for female candidates.
In addition, KUCCPS announced the commencement of an affirmative action programme that will hundreds more candidates to the universities from marginalised counties.
The cut-off points for the candidates who schooled both their Primary and Secondary education in counties classified as marginalized areas by the Commission for Revenue Allocation will be reduced to B- of 51 points for female candidates and B- of 53 points for male candidates.
Besides, candidates with visual or hearing impairments who have grade of C+ or above, and those with physical impairments with at least B- of 54 points, will be eligible to apply for the programme.
This raises the number of 2015 candidates selected by KUCCPS to join universities for the 2016/2017 academic year from 74,389 to 84,389.
The decision will further boost the transition rate to universities which has been increasing gradualy since the government adopted an ambitious programme of upgrading previous middle level colleges to universities in 2008.
The writer is a student at University of Kabianga currently on internship at the Kenya Free Press.