The Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS) is set to place students into university courses based on more flexible criteria that expands study options.
For example, prior entry requirements for particular majors have been categorized in sub-clusters with clear instructions as to what they need at undergraduate level; this makes it easier than ever before possible for prospective undergraduates of all abilities – especially those who might not meet high benchmarks but still aspire towards specific careers or interests! For example, the most demanding programmes in Cluster 13 are those in sub-cluster A.
The new degree criteria document and report was presented yesterday by KUCCPS. It includes more information on the minimum grade that is required for specific courses in Sub-Cluster B, which has Bachelor of Pharmacy as well as other subjects including Science in Public Health
The newly released Degree Placement Criteria Document provides guidelines about what countries are accepting graduates from different qualifications with regards to universities they may apply too or jobs available at present time so it’s important not only know but also consider these changes before applying!
The new approach has allowed for more flexibility in subject choice with sub-clusters that allow students to specialise. Previously, if they were not suited towards any of the major clusters then these people would be shut out and forced into enrolling courses outside their interest area – something which didn’t make sense at all.
“We’d rather have as many sub-clusters as possible than have students placed in the wrong programmes,” said Dr Agnes Mercy Wahome, the CEO of KUCCPS. She was speaking at Kenyatta University, Nairobi, during a stakeholder forum to validate the placement criteria to be used in all public and private universities.
Whereas sub-clusters were introduced in some degree programmes, the minimum entry requirements for others like Law will remain unchanged. Additionally KUCCPS did not change any clusters whose professional bodies regulate them such as Pharmacy and Poisons Board which means that they maintain their current standards even though these changes are happening within an institution’s curriculum structure itself instead of being regulated externally.
“We adopted their recommendations hook, line and sinker,” explained Dr John Oluoch, the director of placement coordination and career development at KUCCPS. The changes will come into force next year but after being presented before the senates of various universities in order to update the admission requirements. They will also set the cut-off point for specific courses.
Although the minimum entry requirements cut across the board, cut off points differ among universities based on their capacity and the number of qualified applicants.
“This validation forum is a milestone in the journey that started in 2019 when KUCCPS requested universities, professional and regulatory bodies, most of whom are represented here, to submit their views on the minimum requirements for courses,” the principal secretary for University Education and Research Simon Nabukwesi said when he opened the forum.
But University of Embu Deputy Vice-chancellor (Academics, Research and Extension) Kiplagat Kotut questioned the process of coming up with the new criteria.
“This document doesn’t give us a philosophical basis behind the subject clusters and the requirements,” he said. Universities have in the past failed to attract students to some of the courses whereas there is stiff competition for others deemed to offer better career prospects.