The government has opened the Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS) portal for 2022 KCSE candidates.
Speaking during the launch, Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu said that qualifying candidates can now apply for education courses in universities, colleges, national polytechnics and other Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions.
The CS also said that the ministry had partnered with Huduma Centres to make the application process easier.
"I have directed KUCCPS to partner with Huduma Centres to ensure students apply from all parts of the country. KUCCPS officers will be sent out for personalised support to students, parents and members of the public," Machogu said.
"I urge all students to apply for the courses that they desire and qualify for so that we complete the transition from secondary education to higher education. We do not want to leave any student behind."
KUCCPS application to private institutions
Machogu said that the candidates are at liberty to apply for admission at private institutions. However, candidates who get admitted to private institutions will not be eligible for government scholarships but will be eligible for Higher Education Loans Board (HELB) loans.
"If one wants to join a private university within Kenya, we will be able to place him or her there, but the government will not give them a scholarship. They will only access loans from HELB," Machogu added.
"I wish to reiterate that students who will select courses in Public Universities will be eligible to access both the Government scholarships and loans, while those who will select Private Universities will be eligible to Government loans only."
After the placement, these students will be expected to contact their respective institutions for joining instructions and guidance on how to apply for government scholarships and loans, which will be issued in accordance with the funding model.
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