Opiyo Wandayi, the minority leader in the National Assembly, is pushing for the Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS) to open its portal so that the 600,000 students who did not secure slots at universities and colleges can apply.
In a statement released on Tuesday, August 8, Wandayi also wants the government to stop implementing the new funding model for institutions of higher learning.
“That the Kenya Kwanza Government halts forthwith the new Funding Model and improves on the tried tested models that support youths of this country access the all-important university/college education,”
“We demand that KUCCPS opens immediately for a 3rd review to give a chance to the over 600000 who missed this life-changing government service,” he stated.
The Ugunja member of parliament said that the government is enacting bad policies that would eventually hurt the country’s youth.
“The aftermath of this bad policy by the Kenya Kwanza government will be jobless graduates chocking in loans whose interest rates have not been disclosed or, at worst, thousands of college drop-outs from the high cost of acquiring a university education,” he further noted
The announcement comes a few days after Ezekiel Machogu, the Cabinet Secretary for Education, released the KCSE 2022 KUCCPS placement results.
Scholarship and loan programs for students placed through KUCCPS were launched on July 31 under a new government program called New Higher Education Funding (NHEF).
The NHEF model is set to go into force in September 2023, when students who sat for the 2022 KCSE exams enrol in universities and institutions for the 2023-24 academic year.
The new funding structure aims to ensure that students from “bottom of the pyramid” families have the same opportunities as students from higher-income families to pursue higher education.