Mercy Wahome, Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS) CEO revealed on Wednesday, May 3, the dates for opening of course application portal . She announced that the portal for course application for 2022 KCSE applicants would be open within a week’s time.
During her remarks at a press briefing held at the State House, Wahome pointed out that the official opening of the portal was dependent on universities and institutions of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) revealing information on the cost of the academic programs they provide.
In the event, President William Ruto issued a directive to KUCCPS to release crucial information regarding student placement. This move is aimed at aiding students in making informed decisions when selecting their preferred universities.
Wahome recently made a statement regarding the opening of universities. She mentioned that they are waiting for the universities to provide their costs, which she hopes will be done within a week.
President Ruto has recently shed light on the delay in the opening of the KUCCPS portal. According to him, the government needed more time to deliberate on the new funding model, which is the reason the portal was not opened previous.
Notably, the Head of State praised the various stakeholders who had a hand in developing the new model. These stakeholders included Vice Chancellors as well as David Ndii, who serves as the chairperson of the Presidential Council of Economic Advisers.
According to Ruto, the work was made easy by the team’s brilliant ideas, which they put together to establish a successful funding model.
As per the new model, the President has confirmed that the allocation of students to universities and TVETs will not be tied to funding.
with the new funding model, universities and TVETs will have to raise more money to improve their programs’ quality in order to enroll more students.
In a recent announcement, the president unveiled four funding streams aimed at securing the future of universities and TVETs. These streams include student-centered funding, research funding, capital infrastructure grants, and fee-for-services, which encompasses consultancy services.
Grants and loans of 54 billion shillings were made available to students attending universities during the fiscal year 2022/23.
According to Ruto, the financial allocation for the budget will be raised to 84.6 billion in the subsequent fiscal year. In the fiscal year 2023/24, TVETs would see their funding increase from Sh5.2 billion to Sh10 billion.