Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS) Chief Executive, Mercy Wahome has announced that over 15,000 students who met the requirements for university admission have yet to submit their applications.
In a statement released on Wednesday, July 6, KUCCPS disclosed that out of the 173,127 eligible students, only 157,498 with a mean grade of C+ and above have applied, this translates to 91% of the total capacity.
The application portal will close on Saturday, July 8, KUCCPS urged those who have not applied to do so before the deadline.
“As we proceed with the final selection phase, applicants from previous rounds can verify their course allocation by checking their student portal. A message will indicate whether they have been provisionally offered a chance or not.”Wahome stated.
Candidates who have been provisionally placed do not need to reapply. Once the placement process is completed, KUCCPS will provide them with the details of their courses and institutions by September 2023.
KUCCPS noted that due to the competitive nature of certain courses, some applicants did not qualify based on merit.
“Many students still have their sights set on traditional degree programs like medicine, which cannot accommodate all qualified applicants,” stated Dr. Wahome.
For instance, public universities only offered a total of 523 slots in medicine, pharmacy, and nursing degree courses. These courses quickly filled up during the initial phase of course selection due to the overwhelming number of qualified applicants.
In the 2022 KCSE examinations, 1,156 candidates achieved an A grade, while 6,658 students scored A-. Additionally, 15,938 students received a B+. This means 23,752 students who attained top grades were eligible to apply for these courses.
“Based on these numbers, it is evident that students with A- or B+ grades are unlikely to secure a spot in medicine or other competitive courses,” Wahome explained.
She emphasized, however, that this doesn’t prevent them from enrolling in these programs as module II students.