The Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Services (KUCCPS) has said the new model of funding for education in universities will reduce the number of deferment and dropout cases among students.
According to KUCCPS CEO Dr. Mercy Wahome, giving students loans instead of grants will push them to take their education seriously.
“If I know I will have to pay this loan then I need to take my education seriously,” KUCCPS CEO said.
She also says the government will continue working with stakeholders to reform education funding in universities and TVET institutions in the country.
“The hope is that with time we will have 80% loan and 20% scholarship. That is our ultimate goal in reforming the education sector,” Dr. Wahome said.
173,137 learners, who scored a mean grade of C+ and above in the 2022 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE), have qualified for admission to public universities.
Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu while launching the KUCCPS portal on May 17th in Nairobi said those who scored C plain and below will be placed in Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions.
The Education CS further noted that students who scored a C+ and above but would wish to join TVET institutions are free to do so.