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KUCCPS places 2019 KCSE candidates with C+ and above in TVETs; What next?

Students sitting an exam. Some KCSE 2019 students are crying foul after being placed in TVETs even after attaining university minimum entry grade of a C+
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Meet Doris Kemunto Mogire who scored a B+, of 69 points, in the KCSE 2019 examinations and who is unhappy with the course she has been placed to undertake. Doris, just like her peers, had big dreams and was hoping to pursue a degree in medicine in University. But, her dreams hang on balance after The Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS) enrolled her in a TVET institution to pursue a diploma in pharmaceutical technology.

The news of her placement in an inferior course caught her by a big surprise. She is distraught and had to cry for three days.

“She cried for three days. She was not eating in this house. When this matter appeared in the newspaper (Nation), I showed her and told her she was not the only candidate affected. That’s when she calmed down. She used to ask me why she even went to school,” explained her mother when interviewed by a local TV channel.

Doris Kemunto Mogire is one of the top 100 performers in 2019 KCSE exams who is set to join Kisii polytechnic for a diploma in pharmaceutical technology. Doris feels short changed. She is among the about 2,000 KCSE 2019 students who scored a C+ and above (which is the minimum entry grade to university) but opted for courses in TVETs.

According to the mother, the 2019 KCSE candidate kept saying she does not see anything good in life if she does not get admitted to her course of choice.

According to results shown to the media, the former student at Precious Blood Kagwe Girls High School, garnered a B- in English, B+ in Kiswahili, A- in Mathematics, B+ in Biology, B- in Physics, B+ in Chemistry, B in CRE and A- in Home Science.

“I believe a diploma won’t be enough to help me, my parents and my younger sisters in future. I’ve always been passionate about getting a degree. My father has always struggled to ensure I finish school,” Doris said.

“My dream and my passion is to become a doctor; that is what I wanted. I believe if I will be given a chance, If will be helped I can make it,” she added.

She wanted to pursue the course in Nursing at Kisii, Meru, Embu and Kirinyaga universities

According to Doris’s father, she had worked hard to pass Biology and was the only one who had gotten a B+ in the subject in the school.

WHAT NEXT FOR DORIS AND THOSE IN SAME DILEMMA?

According to figures presented by KUCCPS, 122,831 candidates secured placement to degree courses in universities while 88,724 got placed in TVET institutions. Of those placed in TVET, 53,726 will be admitted to Diploma; 29,112 to Craft Certificate and 5,886 to Artisan Certificate courses.

But, all is not lost for those unhappy with the placement results. KUCCPS provides them with a chance to apply for inter institution transfers. The only impediment may be unavailability of slots in the preferred institution. Nevertheless, one can proceed and make the application.
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