All candidates who scored C+ and above in last year’s Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examination have been guaranteed admission to public universities.
Kenya University and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS) Chief Executive Dr Agnes Wahome said there are enough places for all KCSE passers.
“I know there are concerns about whether we have enough places for students suitable for university. No students will be locked out and there will be no panic,” she said on Saturday at the Kangaru Boys High School in Embu County during a briefing for youth from the area.
She advised the candidates not to hesitate to apply for the courses of their choice in the universities.
“We can get everyone who matches the entry point of the university, they have to start sending their applications,” she said.
However, Dr Wahome urged applicants who do not want to join universities to enroll in technical colleges and diploma courses.
“We have many colleges that offer courses that can help students achieve their dreams.”
The CEO warned parents not to force their children to take courses they are not interested in.
“Children should be left to choose and pursue the subjects they want,” she said.
Embu Governor Cecile Mbarire has promised to provide bursaries to needy candidates seeking admission to colleges and universities.
“We created a scholarship committee in all the wards. We want even very poor children to have an education,” she said.
The governor asked university and college aspirants to take education seriously for a brighter future.
Male and female candidates should not live together in school, it is time to study but not live, there is time for everything, she added.
The head of the Department of Education, Dr. Jamlek Muturi asked the candidates to stay away from drugs.
“Drugs destroy youth and should not be used,” she said.
Manyatta MP Gitonga Mukunji and his Mbeere South counterpart Nephat Muriuki ordered the students to attend technical courses.
“We have a technical vocational school with courses in plumbing, electricity and construction. Students should focus on these courses if they want to succeed in life,” said Muriuki.