By Lydia Gichuki
5,278 out of 144, 466 students who had qualified for university placement in the 2021 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) exam turned down the offer and preferred technical and vocational education training (Tvet) courses.
However, 23,963 students who scored C+ (plus) and above have been placed to join universities under government sponsorship. Of this, 67,237 are males while 56,726 are females and were placed in both public and private universities.
In addition, some 16,310 qualified students for degrees did not submit applications. This is despite the Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement (Kuccps) reopening their portal three times to give the students more time to apply for courses.
Further, over 500,000 students who qualified to join technical and vocational education training (Tvet) institutes did not apply and have not been placed in any college.
This was revealed by Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha on Saturday during the release of placement results for 2021 KCSE candidates.
Last year, 7,850 did not apply for either degree courses or diploma courses despite qualifying.
Magoha encouraged students to apply for Tvet courses saying their future will be brighter.
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826,807 candidates sat the 2021 KCSE exam. Of these 145,145 scored a mean Grade of C+ while 681,662 scored a mean grade of C plain and below.
124,258 have been placed in Tvets, while 1,538 have been placed in primary education TTCs and another 293 in secondary education TTCs.
Students who score C- (minus) and C (plain) are eligible to apply for diploma courses. Those with Grade D- and D+ (plus) apply for certificate courses, while those with Grade D- (minus) are eligible for craft courses. Those with Grade E apply for artisan courses.
In total Kenya has 4,450 Tvets and 11 national polytechnics.
Photo Credit; Eduminkenya