“We are not going to tie placement on the amount of money available in the state coffers. Placement will continue, meaning everyone who scored C+ and above will get university placement through Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS),” Monari revealed
Monari added that while everyone will get university placement, that will not directly translate to university funding as it has been in the past. She said that they are going to fund based on the available funds.
According to the government, students who scored C+ and above will now be required to make fresh applications through the KUCCPS portal to be considered for State funding. If not successful but decide to accept their placements, the students will now be required to foot their university education.
Monari had earlier proposed that university funding be pegged on merit, the level of need, national priorities, and affirmative action. With the government proposed criteria, 30,088 out of 70,088 students who scored C+ will miss out on university funding.
The students who will miss out on government sponsorship will have to pay 48,000 shillings per semester for their undergraduate degree courses as proposed by President William Ruto’s task force on Education.
The amount is also bound to increase after Vice Chancellors during the conference resolved to have individual universities determine school fees instead of being decided by the Ministry of Education. This was among a raft of measures that were adopted in a bid to help debt-ridden universities raise cash.