All students who scored C plus and above in the 2018 KCSE exams are now guaranteed slots in universities after Education Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed dismissed claims the government was planning to raise varsity entry grade.
A total of 651,189 students who sat the 2018 KCSE exam qualified for placement to tertiary institutions under various levels and under the government’s sponsorship programme. Send ‘NEWS’ to 40227 to receive all the important breaking news as it happens .
In a statement sent to newsrooms on Wednesday evening, Mohamed noted the 90,744 students who attained grade C plus and above would be admitted to any of the local universities. “Further, 121,288 students who attained between C plain and C minus in the 2018 KCSE examination are all eligible for placement in diploma courses in Technical Vocational Education and Training Institutions (TVET) under the government’s sponsorship programme,” the CS said
There is also hope for the 244,436 students who scooped D plain and D plus in the 2018 KCSE exams as the government indicated these group of students would be enrolled for Craft Certificate courses, which are also being offered in the TVET institutions. And to make sure no single student is left behind, the 194,721 students who attained grades E plain and D minus will be enrolled for Artisan courses in the already established 800 Vocational Education and Training (VET) institutions.
Mohamed noted the government had enhanced financing of higher education contrary to reports that there were plans to lock some students out of the government’s sponsorship programme owing to limited resources. “Currently, the Higher Education Loans Board (HELB) is funding students in 74 universities and 130 TVET institutions. Some KSh 13.5 billion has been spent by HELB on learners in this financial year.
Plans are underway to enhance enrollment into the TVET institutions across the country,” the CS said. She advised the 2018 KCSE graduates to start applying for admission to the Ministry of Education approved TVET institutions. Mohamed directed the Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KCCPS) to open its online application system for commencement of the crucial exercise which is expected go on until February 23, 2019.