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Kenya: 50,000 set to join public universities

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More than 50,000 students who sat last year’s Form Four exam qualified for university places.

This is an increase of about 11,000 from the previous year in which 42,000 students got places in the institutions.

According to the data released by the Joint Admission Board, Moi University admitted the highest number from the lot, taking in 5,792 students followed by University of Nairobi with 5,496.

Kenyatta University follows with an intake of 5,491 students.

Egerton University has admitted 3,500, Maseno University 3,096 and Juja-based Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology has taken in 2,151. Murang’a University College admitted the least number of candidates, with only 233 students getting places.

Kirinyaga University College admitted 322 students while Cooperative University College of Kenya took 382 students.

The increase in the number of students admitted to public universities is due to the establishment of satellite campuses.

Those selected attained a mean grade of at least 59 points. The cut-off point for male students was 61 or B plain, while students with disability who got a C+ and above were admitted regardless of the aggregate.

Under the board’s affirmative action criteria, 2,979 more female students were admitted plus 94 from arid areas who scored a C+ and above.

Available slots

Out of 437,782 candidates who sat the KSCE exam last year, only 53,135 qualified for available slots in public universities.

This will probably be the last time JAB will be tasked with admitting students to the universities.

Kenya Universities and Colleges Placement Service will be in charge of the higher education admissions if the University Act 2012 is implemented.

The mandate of the placement service will  be extended to include entry to parallel programmes and private universities.

More than 390,000 missed university places because of the limited slots available as the institutions use bed-capacity as criteria for admitting students. The reporting dates will be announced by respective universities and colleges.

1 in 5 university grads without secure jobs

A preliminary report by the education ministry shows that roughly 1 in 5 of the country’s university graduates this spring were either jobless or without secure employment.

The 20.7 percent of graduates in the category represented a 2.2 percentage point decline from a year earlier.

Of the 558,853 graduates, 67.3 percent — 375,959 — took full-time positions of some kind or were self-employed, up 3.4 points, while 22,786 took jobs that were not secure.

Although job market conditions have been improving for graduates since the 2008 global financial crisis, the ministry said Wednesday that “the situation remains that some students enter the workforce in the way they don’t really desire.”

There were 16,850, or 3 percent, who took part-time positions. Those without jobs or who didn’t pursue further studies numbered 75,928, or 13.6 percent, while 72,821, or 13 percent, advanced to graduate school.

Since the last school year, the ministry started counting those without “secure employment.”

This category — 20.7 percent of the graduates in the latest preliminary survey — covers those without jobs or not in school, those with part-time jobs, as well as those with fixed-period employment of one year or longer, either full or part time.

The preliminary data also showed that 30,770, or 5.5 percent, were in the so-called NEET status, which denotes young people who were “not in education, employment, or training.”

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