More than 42,000 students who submitted applications to enroll at Kenya Medical Training College (KMTC) for health-related studies in September 2023 will face an extended period of uncertainty regarding their admission.
This follows the recent decision by Parliament to invalidate the KMTC placement process carried out by the Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Services (KUCCPS), citing alleged irregularities.
The National Assembly health committee, led by Robert Pukose, declared the entire placement process null and void.
“It is obvious that the process is null and void, there is a court order that clearly says the KMTC board should do the placement of students; therefore, KUCCPS conducting the placement is illegal,” said Pukose.
Additionally, the committee ruled that students who had previously paid a fee of Shs 2,000 for their initial applications would not be required to submit new payments when reapplying.
KUCCPS, responsible for incorporating medical course applications into its system for the first time, has been instructed to transfer a total of Ksh.8.4 million collected to KMTC.
Prospective candidates had until August 4, 2023, to submit their applications for the upcoming September 2023 semester.
As part of their directives, the committee has tasked Health CS Susan Nakhumicha with re-advertising the programs to attract new applicants.
During an earlier appearance before the National Assembly Committee on Health, KUCCPS CEO Agnes Wahome disclosed that 42,610 students had applied for various courses.
Earlier this week, Azimio la Umoja demanded that KUCCPS extend the application deadline for 2022 KCSE candidates.
Opiyo Wandayi, the leader of the Minority Party in the National Assembly, suggested that KUCCPS should open the third review of courses to provide an opportunity to the more than 600,000 students who could not participate in the last review.