Students from arid and semi-arid regions are reluctant to apply for university placement, Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Services (KUCCPS) has revealed.
Dr Mercy Wahome, the Chief Executive Officer KUCCPS, noted there was a mentality that completing Form Four was the end of education in this region.
According to her, the mentality has led to many candidates who qualified for university fail to apply for further studies in tertiary institutions.
“The most affected counties are Mandera, Garissa, Wajir, Isiolo, Turkana, Marsabit, West Pokot, Lamu and Kilifi counties, and could potentially set back the government’s desire to leave no child behind,” she said.
She went on “We appeal to the leaders in the affected counties to encourage and mobilise their young people who have qualified for admission to universities and colleges to apply.”
Wahome explains that more than half of the 2020 KCSE students who are eligible for University placement have applied for courses.
According to her, 20,725 candidates are yet to apply for university placement out of the 43,425 who missed placement; only 22,700 who missed placement have re-applied.
“We appeal to those who did not merit their initial choices due to competition and have not yet revised their choices to do so before the Monday deadline,” says Dr Agnes Mercy Wahome, the KUCCPS Chief Executive Officer.
According to Wahome, the application process is scheduled to close tomorrow at 3pm.
142,540 students scored grade C+ and above, qualifying for admission in Universities across the country.
By June 11, out of the 142,540 candidates who qualified for degree courses, only 92.5 per cent had applied for their preferred courses in universities and TVET colleges. This translates to 131,833 students.
However, 43,425, which is 7.5 per cent, applied but missed their degree choices or did not submit applications at all.
“Besides sending them messages, we have contacted them by email and phone calls directly and through the principals of their former schools to remind them to apply before the Monday deadline,” added Dr Wahome