The Ministry of Education dispelled reports that students who sat for the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examination in 2022 would have to sit for an entry Exam before being admitted to the university.
The reports had been circulating since last Saturday.
The communications director for the state’s education ministry, Kennedy Buhere, told our media team that the stories were entirely untrue and deceptive.
“False information. This is fake,” Mr Buhere asserted.
The assertions were also refuted by a second, trusted source close to the Education Cabinet Secretary. He agreed with Buhere that there was a concerted effort to deceive parents, students, and other members of the education community.
He urged parents to disregard the rumors and instead wait for an official announcement from CS Machogu and other education officials.
There was no mention of colleges or universities from him. He told Kenya Daily Press, “We are waiting for the taskforce report, which will offer more clarity.”
The news that prospective students would be required to take a university entry exam was widely disseminated online. More than 89,000 people viewed a tweet that said students would have to take entry examinations before enrolling in universities.
More than two hundred people engaged with it, voicing a wide range of concerns about the directive in Kenya.
Following a meeting with KUCCPS CEO Agnes Wahome, The Parliamentary Public Investments Committee (PIC) said on Tuesday, April 25 that the Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS) would send placement letters to all KCSE 2022 exam candidates.
According to the committee’s statement a total of more than 170,000 2022 KCSE candidates who are awaiting university placement to fill over 190,000 slots in public universities .
However, KUCCPS assured students that the online portal would be made available in September, allowing them to enroll at the institution of their choice.