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90% of Kenyan students who sat for national exams to miss out on university slots

A minimum grade of C+ and above is required to join university

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This is according to Education CS Amina Mohammed who stated that some 62,851 out of 69,151 candidates who scored a C+ and above in the 2017 KCSE will join universities under the government-sponsored programme.

Of the total 606,394 who sat the 2017 KCSE, 69,151 of them scored a mean grade of C+, the minimum required to join university. A total of  62,851 have successfully been placed to degree courses of their choices,” CS Amina Mohamed said.

Diploma courses

Of the 69,151 candidates, 553 opted for diploma courses, according to the Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS).

A further 5,747, representing 8.3 per cent of the 69,151 candidates, have not secured placement. This is because 2,128 did not apply while 3,619 applied but could not secure places as they did not meet the cluster qualifications of the courses they applied for.

She indicated that 553 student who qualified for degree courses opted for diploma while 547 were not admitted by choice.

This year’s number has dropped by 21,538 compared to the 84,389 candidates who attained C+ and above in 2016 and got slots.

A one-month window, from May 1-30, will be given for those who want to change their courses, Ms. Mohamed said.

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