Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS) director has indicated that some students might miss university slots because they still need to submit their applications.
John Olouch, the director of Placement Coordination and Career Development at KUCCPS, mentioned on Wednesday, June 7 that several candidates omitted the final crucial step in the application process by leaving courses in the basket within the portal.
The director highlighted that the affected individuals needed to be more carefully reading the instructions.
When the application window closes, the system will indicate that the group of applicants with choices still in the basket did not make any applications.
How KUCCPS Basket Works
According to the director, the basket operates similarly to a shopping trolley in a supermarket. Applicants select different courses from a larger pool of courses listed on the KUCCPS online portal.
From that basket, they are expected to pick as many courses as they want randomly. Later, applicants can narrow down their choices before applying.
However, Olouch, the former Rongo University lecturer, observed that some applicants left the courses in the basket without submitting them.
“When they go through the portal, they can select the courses from the over 100 courses in all institutions. They pick them up and temporarily store them in the basket. They can store more than they are required to select in the basket,” he explained.
“When they return, they have isolated the courses and are working with a shorter list. Some students may have yet to read and understand that or think they have submitted their applications by leaving the courses in the basket.
“That is like going to the supermarket and picking items and then placing them in a trolley. That does not mean one has to buy all the items in the trolley. One can select and return others,” he emphasized.
The deadline for submitting university or college placement choices was Wednesday, June 7.