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Machogu offers alternative for KUCCPS applicants to confirm payment amid eCitizen delay

The CS acknowledged these hurdles stating that concerned parties were working to get things back in order.

Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu

In light of the recent delays experienced on the eCitizen platform, Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu has announced an alternative USSD method for students to confirm their payments for the Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS) applications.

This move comes as the Ministry of Education extends the application deadline to March 4, 2024, ensuring that every student gets a fair chance to secure a place in higher education institutions.

The Ministry acknowledged these hurdles, with Machogu stating that concerned parties were working to get things back in order.

"The Ministry of Education and other stakeholders in Government are working together to ensure that the challenges are addressed and all applicants facilitated to apply for programs and institutions of their choice," said Machogu in his statement.


Applicants experiencing delays are encouraged to dial *222# to confirm their payments, a stop-gap measure while the technical team, composed of various agency representatives, works to hasten the application transactions.

"A detailed procedure for the process is to be disseminated by KUCCPS immediately," assured the Education CS.

As of February 25, 2024, while 121,391 of the 199,695 candidates who scored C+ and above in the 2023 KCSE exams had applied, the Ministry aims to reach the projected 86% application rate, equivalent to 171,738 candidates.


To this end, Machogu urged, "All students who scored mean grades of between C and E are particularly urged to take advantage of the ongoing applications."

The extension is a crucial step in addressing the technical snags that have plagued the application process.

As the deadline approaches, applicants are urged to take advantage of this opportunity and finalize their submissions to secure placement in their desired institutions.


Earlier, KUCCPS CEO Dr Mercy Wahome stated that the application deadline, initially set for February 26, 2024, had been extended until further notice to ensure that all eligible students can apply.


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