KUCCPS Sets Minimum entry requirements to universities and colleges

Minimum admission requirements in universities and colleges are to be reviewed.

This came after it emerged that many students have dropped out of their dream careers for not meeting certain subject grades.

Experts argue that some subjects required for some courses are given utmost importance, yet they are not important in training, while in other cases, some essential subjects are omitted or given less emphasis.

This has led to many complaints, as students miss out on their dream curriculum because the subject groups, which state the minimum mandatory requirements for various programs, were last reviewed three years ago.

Mercy Wahom, chief executive officer of the Kenya University and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS), said the review was necessary as the last one was done in 2017.

Vice-Chancellors of universities, academic registrars and representatives of professional bodies will meet at Kenyatta University today to discuss proposals on admission requirements to various courses.

A similar stakeholder meeting for mid-level colleges will be held next week, where admission criteria for diplomas and certificates will be reviewed.

In a letter dated November 5, Dr Wahom said that KUCCPS was using the degree cluster document as a criterion for placement of government-sponsored students in universities.

“In the past placement cycles, KUCCPS has received concerns and suggestions from training institutes and other stakeholders on the need to review the norms,” she said.

In response to the concerns, Wahom said that an independent Criteria Review Committee (ICRC) had been established to obtain, collate and analyze the proposed changes to degree and TVET programmes.

“The committee looked at each cluster for degree programs and respective minimum subject grade requirements and took into account the requirements provided by professional or regulatory bodies and proposals of training institutions,” reads the letter to the VC and academic registrar.

Speaking during a media engagement workshop last week, Wahom said regulatory bodies, training institutes and in some cases employers have raised questions about the minimum entry requirements used for certain courses.

“It has been a difficult time as regulatory bodies want it, training institutes also say this requirement should be accommodated in such a way and it puts KUCCPS in a difficult position,” Wahom said.

Teachers and students pursuing agriculture-based courses could be the biggest beneficiaries if the placement criteria are revised.

For example, students studying agriculture-related courses are currently required to have a C+ in biology and chemistry.

In the new proposals, however, this requirement has been reduced to field C for both subjects. Agriculture (C+) has also been offered as an alternative to C field in biology.

The trend of last four years shows that Bachelor of Education receives maximum number of applications during revision. Bachelor of Commerce ranks second among the most selected programs.

Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Quantity Surveying, Bachelor of Architectural Studies and Law are also preferred by the students.

Bachelor of Science (Electrical and Electronics Engineering), Bachelor of Engineering and Bachelor of Medicine round out the top 10 most popular programs that attract the most applicants.

Trends based on KUCCPS data show that Medicine, Engineering, Architecture and Economics remain the most preferred courses by the top performing candidates.

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