As 2020 KCSE candidates are scrambling for vacancies in different Universities in the ongoing KUCCPS revision, majority of them are expected to join Tvets and colleges. They are supposed to join Tvets under government sponsorship.
In total, 604,021 KCSE candidates attained C (plain) and below, which bars them from joining the Universities. These students can however join Tvets, colleges and polytechnics. Despite a huge number missing university entry, another group will also miss a chance of joining Tvet institutions.
This is because the Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service Chief Executive Officer Agnes Mercy Wahome says that Tvet institutions only declared 331,045 chances for the 2020 KCSE candidates.
This will leave a group of almost 300,000 students who sat for Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education in March with no chance of joining tertiary institutions. Parents and guardians will be forced to seek vacancies in private technical institutions and private colleges for their sons and daughters.
The Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service has already opened the portal for the 2020 KCSE candidates to review their applications in different institutions countrywide. Those candidates who qualified for university placement are supposed to hurry and select their chances in different universities as KUCCPS is expected to close the portal on June 11th.
However, there are no restrictions in terms of grades for those candidates who are applying for vaccines in Tvets. Dr Wahome, the KUCCPS CEO, said that they have opened the application for all 2020 KCSE students. However, majority risk missing the positions due to the limited chances issued by Tvets. This therefore leaves KUCCPS to operate on the basis of first come first serve.
More details indicates that, the students who did KCSE in 2019 are also given a chance to apply for chances in Tvet institutions. It therefore means that about 1 million students will be competing for only 331,045 vacancies in the Tvets.
In addition to this, the 604,021 KCSE candidates (2020) who qualified to join Tvet institutions have been dealt another huge blow as new details emerge concerning their sponsorship by the government. These students are at a risk of missing the government sponsorship.
This comes despite the CS of Education saying that the government aims at ensuring that all the students who did KCSE find chances in different tertiary institutions under government sponsorship.
The Higher Education Loans Board also spelt doom for another 30,000 KCSE candidates who sat for their exams this year after revealing that they risk missing Helb loans.