Robin Wanjala Simuyu jumped up with pleasure when he heard his identify learn by Training Cupboard Secretary George Magoha. He was the highest candidate within the 2020 Kenya Certificates of Secondary Training (KCSE) examinations. He knew that his dream to pursue a level in medication on the college had lastly come true.
Robin, a scholar at Murang’a Excessive College, scored a imply grade of A (plain) with 87.334 factors, rising one of the best performing candidate within the nation.
The second scholar, Allan Udoma Wasonga from Agoro Sare Excessive College, additionally scored A (plain) imply grade of 87.173. Like Robin, he’ll pursue a medical diploma and specialize in surgical procedure.
Robin and Allan’s goals to check medication echo these of lots of of different college students who scored A and A- (minus) of their KCSE exams who wish to pursue respected programs.
Based on 2020/2021 Kenya Universities and Faculties Central Placement Service (KUCCPS) knowledge of scholars’ placement to universities, most top-performing college students compete to pursue science, expertise, engineering and arithmetic (Stem) programs, as they’re thought of prestigious.
The info exhibits that probably the most aggressive programs in universities are Bachelor of Drugs and Surgical procedure, architectural research, Bachelor of Engineering (Aeronautical Engineering), Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, Bachelor of Science in Medical Drugs, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Bachelor of Legislation, Bachelor of Laptop Science and Bachelor of Science, Data.
Different in style programs embody Bachelor of Science (Aerospace Engineering), Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical and Electronics Engineering), Bachelor of Amount Surveying, Bachelor of Science (Electronics and Laptop Engineering), Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Telecommunication Engineering, Bachelor of Science, Medical Drugs Surgical procedure and Group Well being, amongst others.
The programs are usually supplied by the older and extra established public universities such because the College of Nairobi, Moi College, Jomo Kenyatta College of Agriculture and Expertise, Kenyatta College and Maseno College. The schools additionally are inclined to admit most college students who rating a imply grade of A and A-(Minus).
Within the 2020 KCSE examination, 893 candidates, representing 0.12 per cent, obtained an general Grade A in comparison with 627 representing 0.09 per cent of the candidates in 2019. An additional 6,420 candidates scored A-(Minus).
The scholars are anticipated to compete for the out there areas within the universities to pursue these extremely aggressive programs. Throughout a current unique interview, Technical College of Kenya (TUK) Vice-Chancellor, Francis Aduol, stated most college students who rating A and A- search to pursue programs in medication, engineering or legislation.
“The programs are thought of prestigious, however in addition they require good minds, which is why the competitors is often excessive throughout course choice,” stated Prof Aduol.
Regardless of there being a excessive unemployment fee amongst graduates, Prof Aduol stated a lot of the college students pursuing engineering, structure, and different prestigious programs are usually not essentially searching for employment, however an instructional problem.
KUCCPS is predicted to launch the position report by August to allow college students to begin reporting to varied universities and schools in September.
Talking to Greater Training, KUCCPS chief government, Dr Mercy Wahome, stated when college students apply for his or her placement whereas in Type 4, they have an inclination to use for the aggressive programs hoping to get a chance.
“Nevertheless, after outcomes are out, majority of the scholars find yourself in Bachelor of Training, commerce and enterprise programs,” she stated.
Whilst college students put together to begin making use of for the programs, knowledge from earlier years exhibits that some programs haven’t attracted college students.
An evaluation within the final two years exhibits that though universities declare capacities in some programs, college students don’t select them, whereas some programs hardly ever entice college students. Regardless of the Ministry of Training advising universities to scrap off non-competitive programmes and deal with the extra aggressive programs, universities proceed to supply these programs.
Final yr, the least aggressive programmes that attracted the fewest college students have been Bachelor of Arts in Growth Research, Utilized Linguistics, Gender Growth, Translation and Interpretation, Geographic Data Science, Childcare and Safety, Theology, Youth Ministry and Pastoral Research.
Others which have few college students deciding on them are Bachelor of Science in Environmental Useful resource Administration, Environmental Planning and Administration, Animal Manufacturing, Environmental Research, Fisheries and Aquaculture, Parks, Recreation and Leisure Administration, Plant Vitamin, agricultural programs, Bachelor of Science in Botany, Zoology, Agribusiness Administration and Entrepreneurship, Horticulture and Wildlife Administration and Conservation.
Bachelor of Social Work and Group Growth, Bachelor of Expertise in Mechanical Air flow and Air Conditioning, Bachelor of Arts in Peace and Battle Research, Bachelor of Enterprise Administration, Bachelor of Science (Aquatic Assets Conservation And Growth, Bachelor Of Science (Pure Merchandise ) have additionally not been attracting college students.