Students who sat their Kenya Certificate of Secondary School exams last year hoping to join universities and Technical and Vocational Education and Training institutions (TVETs) will make their applications next week after the Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS) opens the portal.
This was announced on Monday by KUCCPS Chief Executive Officer Agnes Mercy Wahome during a meeting with registrars of all universities.
The institutions are currently in a rush against time to provide data in compliance with the new funding model announced by President William Ruto last week.
The universities have been given up to tomorrow (Tuesday) to provide information on the cost of their programmes to KUCCPS after which the service will publish the information to help students make their choices.
During the Monday meeting, Dr Wahome instructed the registrars to provide the cost of all their programmes irrespective of whether the students are self-sponsored or government-sponsored.
“What’s the cost of your programme? The many definitions [of students] as government-sponsored or self-sponsored cause complications. What does it cost to offer the service,” Dr Wahome said.
The meeting was followed another by the vice-chancellors on Sunday on the same matter.
Dr Wahome told the registrars to only give the cost of the various programmes excluding the accommodation and meals costs.
During the meeting with registrars, Dr Wahome asked the institutions to only provide the actual cost of the first year of each programme for purposes of admitting the 2022 candidates.
On Saturday, Dr Wahome had written to universities asking them to provide the data by Tuesday indicating the cost per year.
“Kindly note that even though Kuccps will publish all programmes, the government will only provide scholarships to students who select degree programmes in public universities. Therefore, students who will select programs in private universities and Tvets, will not get government scholarships, and will only be eligible to apply for Helb loans.