16,310 KCSE students who were eligible for university admissions through Kenya University Colleges Central Placement Services in 2021 did not apply, according to Education Cabinet Secretary Prof. George Magoha (KUCCPS).
Although CS Magoha did not give specific reasons, he did mention other opportunities, including individuals who may have chosen to study abroad.
“I have also noted that 16,310 candidates who qualified for degree programmes in the 2021 KCSE examination did not submit applications and may have opted to pursue other opportunities including opting to study abroad,” said Magoha.
This occurs at the same time as KUCCPS placed 123,963 of the 144,466 2021 KCSE candidates who met the requirements for university slots.
The Ministry of Education reported on Saturday that an additional 5,278 students were placed to TVET colleges of their choice.
Furthermore, 16,310 candidates who met the requirements for degree programs, according to Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha, did not submit applications. They may have chosen to explore other options, such as studying overseas.
According to Magoha, this year, 250,052 students applied to be placed in universities, TVET programs, and Teacher Training Colleges (TTCs).
He noted that the 32 public diploma primary teacher training colleges were receiving applications from KUCCPS for the first time.
“A total of 1,538 (1,216 female, 322 male) have been placed in Diploma in Primary Teacher Education and Diploma in Early Childhood Teacher Education,” Magoha said.
He went further to say KUCCPS placed 293 student (129 male, 164 female) to three colleges offering Diploma in Secondary Teacher Education, namely: Kagumo, Kibabii and Lugari TTCs.
“These students will be trained to deliver the CBC curriculum,” he said.
He pointed out that 90 per cent of the 2021 KCSE candidates who attained a mean grade of C + and above applied and were competitively placed, with 85 per cent of them getting Degree programmes and 5 per cent taking up courses in TVET Institutions.