Ministry of Education Releases SMS Platform for 2020 KCSE Candidates to receive TVET and University Placement Results
The Ministry of Education has revealed an SMS Platform for 2020 KCSE candidates to receive their placement results to either universities or Technical and Vocational (TVET) institutions.
To be able to access your placement results, you can send the index number of the candidate to the number 20842.
Agnes Wahome the KUCCPS Chief Executive Officer (CEO) revealed that 265,145 students are going to pursue a degree and Technical and Vocational Training (TVET) courses in the 2021/2022 intake.
KUCCPS is a Government body that is mandated to conduct the placement of students for admission to higher learning institutions i.e. universities and colleges under the sponsorship of the Government.
On the 17th of August, 2021, Wahome said that the placement exercise is the seventh one since the placement body was established.
“137,072 qualify for TVET Courses while 128,073 will go for the degree courses,” said Wahome on Tuesday the 17th of August 2021.
“We have made major strides in improving our systems and processes to enhance efficiency, equity, and transparency in student placement,” she added.
The KUCCPE CEO was speaking at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development where the placement exercise was taking place.
According to the KUCCPS CEO, the preparations for the placement exercise started as early as January 2021 after the 2020 candidates had been registered.
“KUCCPS mobilized 157,658 to apply for courses through their schools or examination centers. Of great concern to us is the low number of schools that assist their candidates in applying for universities and colleges. We appeal to parents and teachers to help us to support KCSE candidates to choose careers at school,” said Wahome.
The CEO also revealed that some students made mistakes while selecting their courses.
“Some apply for one competitive programme in competitive universities in all the provided choices. However, we encourage students to look beyond our borders in areas such as ICT, Agriculture, Technology, and other 21st century careers,” said Wahome.
The Cabinet Secretary for Education Prof George Magoha who was present at the event said that of the 10,437 secondary schools that are registered as examination centers in 2020, only 24% of them submitted the selections they made.
“Candidates who qualify for university admission are increasingly embracing TVET courses despite having attained grades to join university. In the 2020 KCSE, 6,617 students who attained C+ and above chose TVET programmes and were placed, up from 2,632 in 2019,” said CS Magoha.
Besides, the CS added that this years’ placement to TVET institutions represented a 54.5% increase from the year 2019. In 2019 placement to TVET institutions was at 88,724.
“TVET enrolment stay low despite the Government’s efforts. Therefore, I direct KUCCPS to continue mobilizing and recruiting students for placement to TVET institutions,” said Magoha.
The CS also instructed the placement body to conduct the transfer between institutions online starting the 1st of September to the 30th of September 20, 2021.