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Kenya: Record 41,000 to join university

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A total of 41,879 students who sat KCSE last year will join public universities this year.

The number is 8,000 more than the 34,000 admitted last year. The minimum admission grade set by the Joint Admissions Board is B plain of 63 marks for men. The entry grade for female students was lowered by two points to stand at 61 marks; which provided a window for an additional 2, 608 women to join the campus.

The 41,879 were selected from the 76,000 who applied to join public universities. Over 118,000 who sat the KCSE last year qualified to gain admission after scoring a C+ which is the minimum entry point in Kenya.

“The Board agreed that all candidates who scored a minimum grade of B of 63 points and above be admitted to the public universities and constituent colleges,” JAB chairman Prof James Tuitoek announced after meeting at the University of Nairobi.

“The board agreed that, in addition, all female students with aggregate B of 61 and 62 points be admitted under the JAB gender affirmative action admission criteria,” Tuitoek added. The entry points for students from arid and semi-arid areas were further brought down to allow students who attained a C+ of 58 points to join university. And for the first time, all universities including the University of Nairobi, will admit their students within this year.

“This is major milestone as we have now closed the two-year gap that students could wait to join university. Even Nairobi has now expedited its programmes to admit students this year,” said Tuitoek, who is the Egerton VC. A special consideration was paid to all disabled students. The JAB resolved to admit disabled students who attained a C+ and allow them to choose causes depending on their needs.

The students who qualified but did not apply and those wishing to revise their course selection will be given an opportunity to do so by mid May. “The board further resolved that the 2011 candidates who meet the agreed minimum cut-off points and the female candidates with 62 and 61 points will be given an opportunity to revise their degree choice. The revision dates will be announced by the JAB in the media.”

UoN will get the lion’s share and will admit 4,677 students followed by Moi taking 4,510. Another 4,280 students will be admitted to Kenyatta University and 3,018 will be taken to Egerton. Chepkoilel university campus will admit 2,580 students, Maseno University 2,417, Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology (MMUST) 1,429 students and the Kenya Polytechnic University College will admit 1,394.

The South Eastern University College will admit 1,341; Chuka University College 1,200; Laikipia University College 1,191; Narok University College 1,131; Kabianga University College 1,056; Karatina University College 1,015; Kisii University College 925; Bondo University College 924; Kimathi College of Technology 883; Meru University College 640; Mombasa Polytechnic College 605 and MultiMedia university 631.

The nine technical colleges newly upgraded to university campuses will admit their first batch of students. They include Rongo University College which will take on 745 students; Garissa University College 648; Kibabii University 448; Taita Taveta College 445; Cooperative College in Nairobi and Embu University College 345 students each; Kirinyaga University College 211 and Murang’a University College 205 students.

In the past, thousands of students who passed their KCSE have been missing out on opportunities to join public universities which have previously been pegging their admission to bed capacity.

However, in the last few years, universities have embraced a double intake, which has not only reduced the period that students wait at home before joining campus but also increased the number of admissions. Private universities admit on average 10,000 students while another 30,000 students go abroad for their university education.

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