On Saturday, April 29, the Ministry of Education denied allegations that students who took the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) exam in 2022 will have to take an entrance exam before being admitted to university.
Kennedy Buhere, Head of Communications in the Ministry of Education’s State Department of Early Learning and Basic Education, told the media that the reports were untrue and misleading.
“This is false information. “This is a forgery,” Buhere insisted.
Another source close to the Education Cabinet Secretary refuted the reports as well. He echoed Buhere’s claims, indicating the existence of a well-coordinated plan to deceive parents, students, and other education stakeholders.
As a result, he asked parents to disregard the rumors and wait for official information from CS Machogu and other education stakeholders.
“He hasn’t mentioned universities.” “We’re looking forward to the taskforce report, which will provide more clarity,” he told the journalists.
Reports regarding subjecting students to entry exams were shared widely on social media platforms. One post on Twitter claiming that students would sit for entry exams before joining universities had more than 89,000 views.
It also attracted more than 200 engagements, with Kenyans raising different concerns about the directive.
On Tuesday, April 25, Parliamentary Public Investments Committee (PIC) announced that all students who sat for the KCSE 2022 exams would receive placement letters from the Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS).
The committee made the announcement after meeting KUCCPS Chief Executive Officer, Agnes Wahome.
“More than 170,000 students who are awaiting university placement will be enrolled in public universities that have a capacity of over 190,000 slots,” a statement from the committee read in part.
On the other hand, KUCCPS assured students that the online portal would be opened, allowing them to join institutions of their choice in September.
“We are waiting for a go-ahead to open the portal for students,” KUCCPS announced.