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Gov’t to review University and Colleges placement criteria 

The government plans to review University and Colleges placement criteria to enhance equity and fairness and help address conflicts that emanates from the exercise.

Kenya University and Colleges Central Placement Services (KUCCPS) CEO, Dr Agnes Mercy Wahome, said her organisation was in regular discussions with key education stakeholders including Commission for Universities, training institutions, professional bodies and regulatory bodies to ensure they come up with a criteria that will address emerging challenges in career development process for candidates across the country.

While acknowledging that education sector had undergone many changes since the criteria was last amended in the year 2017, Dr Wahome emphasized the need for a criteria that will address challenges of course requirements and available course capacities that was currently being experienced at almost all training institutions in the country.

She voiced KUCCPS commitment in guaranteeing quality courses are offered at all training institutions across the country and called on all education stakeholders to support the efforts by educating and sensitizing the public on issues of career development.

Dr Wahome particularly challenged parents and guardians to be pro-active in advising their children on subjects’ selection early enough to avert confusion during course selection occasioned by lack of relevant subject combination that affects most candidates when it comes to training placement.

The CEO who was speaking in Naivasha when she presided over a media engagement conference, called on the media to sensitize and educate the masses on career development by highlighting education issues regularly.

At the same time, KUCCPS have announced that the continuous placement exercise at the government funded Technical and Vocational Education and Training institutions (TVETs) begins on November 15 to 28 to pave way for placement exercise slated for November 29 to 30 December this year.

KUCCPS Director for Placement and Career Development, Dr John Oluoch, said the service has opened its portals to allow those wishing to apply for the available courses to do so at the training centers.

Dr Oluoch challenged candidates to take advantage of the close to 500,000 training capacities at all TVETs across the country adding that the government has allowed candidates who sat for their exams from the year 2000 and above to apply for the training opportunities.

By Esther Mwangi

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