Mercy Wahome, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS), stated on Wednesday, May 3, that the portal for course applications for 2022 KCSE applicants would be accessible within a week.
Wahome stated during a press conference at the State House that the portal’s launch was dependent on universities and technical and vocational education and training (TVET) institutions revealing information about the costs of their academic programs.
President William Ruto authorized KUCCPS to disseminate material for student placement to aid them in selecting their colleges of choice at the event.
“Once the universities have given us their costs, which I hope they will do in a week’s time, we will be ready to open,” Wahome stated after President William Ruto sought clarification.
On the other hand, President Ruto explained that KUCCPS delayed opening the portal to give more time for the government to deliberate on the new funding model.
Notably, the Head of State lauded the stakeholders involved in coming up with the new model among them Vice Chancellors and David Ndii, the chairperson of the Presidential Council of Economic Advisers.
“We had postponed this challenge for many years and as a result, our universities and TVETS have suffered a great deal and many of the VCs have grey hair and not because of old age but trying to manage the situations in the institutions.
“We decided that it is time we figured out the model. I am pleased to note that these VCs’ contributions to the model were immense. Our work was very simple because they came with the good ideas that we assembled and got this funding model in place,” Ruto noted.
The president affirmed that the process of placing students in universities and TVETS would not be linked to funding, in line with the new model.
With the new funding model, Universities and TVETS will be required to raise additional resources to enhance the quality of education so as to attract more students.
The president announced four funding streams to ensure the sustainability of universities and TVETS; student-centered funding, research funding, capital infrastructure grants and fee-for-services including consultancy.
“Having developed an elaborate framework on student-centered funding, we shall turn our attention to the other three funding options,” Ruto noted.