All the Secondary School Principals have been asked to provide Kenya University and College Central Placement Services ( KUCCPS) with valid and up-to-date contact information for all Form Four candidates .
As per the circular from the Ministry of Education dated August 24, 2022 signed by Dr. Julius Jwan, the Principal Secretary in the State Department of Early Learning and Basic Education, this data and support will allow KUCCPS to create a database with contact information for all candidates for easier communication.
The circular by the PS reads “KUCCPS intends to develop a database with contact information details of all the candidates. This will facilitate communication to the candidates and their parent and guardians, regarding school and center application, revision and any other relevant information, regarding government sponsorship.”
To be able to expand placement opportunities to all the candidates under the government policy on transition from basic to higher education, the KUCCPS normally requests schools to submit the candidates’ applications for placement to colleges and universities before they sit for their Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE).
According to this notification, all the schools are required to create an account where principals apply for students’ placement to universities or colleges. Only the principal can submit the school applications and not individual students.
Despite this being a mandatory requirement all candidates sitting KCSE exam to apply to KUCCPS for courses they wish to study in universities and middle-level colleges, a big number of principals do not send their students’ applications to the KUCCPS hence killing dreams of many of the students.
Selection process for courses at colleges and universities through KUCCPS typically starts at the high school level, when teachers, particularly those in charge of career departments, are typically expected to advise their students to make wise selections among degree, diploma, certificate, and artisan programmes based on their preferences and academic ability.