- KUCCPS is responsible for the processing of admission of government sponsored students to universities and colleges
- KUCCPS students receive government sponsorship as part of their university or college fee is catered for by the government
- KUCCPS students are eligible for a low interest loan from the Higher Education Loan Board
- The placement service board seeks to promote equity and access to university and college education
Have you been hearing of the new KUCCPS new placement service and wondering what it means and can do for you? No need to stress, we will help you know and understand it in no time.
The Ministry of Education controls all the public universities in Kenya. They ensure that students are enrolled into university after completing the 8-4-4 system of education and attain a mark of C+ or above. Those students who meet the criteria, determined annually by the Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS), receive government sponsorship as part of their university or college fee is catered for by the government. They are also eligible for a low interest loan from the Higher Education Loan Board. They are expected to pay back the loan after completing higher education.
What is KUCCPS?
KUCCPS is an abbreviation for Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS). This service replaces the Joint Admission Board (JAB). KUCCPS is now officially responsible for the processing of admission of Government Sponsored Students to Universities and Colleges, which up to this point, has been partially the responsibility of the Joint Admissions Board (JAB). If you applied to the JAB, you can rest easy as the application data that had been submitted to JAB by the 2013 KCSE candidates, through their respective schools, has been taken over by KUCCPS.
A key new feature that sets KUCCPS apart from JAB, is that it not only admits students to public universities. KUCCPS has an additional responsibility in that it will include placing Government sponsored students to both public and private universities and colleges.
The new placement service KUCCPS, is a corporate body which was formed under the Universities Act No. 42 of 2012. Under the act, Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Board (KUCCPS) is responsible for the placement of government sponsored students to universities and colleges, disseminating information on available programmes, their costs and areas of study as prioritized by the government. The placement service will also oversee developing career programmes for students as well as collecting and retaining data relating to university and college placement. At the same time, KUCCPS is tasked with advising the government on matters relating to University and College student placement as well as performing any other functions assigned to it under the act.
Who is on the KUCCPS board?
The Education cabinet secretary, Prof. Jacob Kaimenyi, officially launched KUCCPS and inaugurated members of the board in February 2014. The board membership consists of: chairman – Prof. David Ndetei, CEO/Secretary – Higher Loans Education Board (HELB) Mr. Charles Ringera, Prof. Noah Mindaba and Prof. Mirium Mwita representing Private universities, Prof. Mabel Imbuga and Prof.George Magoha representing public universities, CEO/Secretary of Commission of Higher Education Prof. David Some, Dr. Nyangate Areba representing the Principal Secretary, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Mr. Arvin Njuguna, representing the National Treasurer. Mr. Edwin Tarno and Mrs. Calsito Gitobu respectively represent Technical and Vocational Education Training institutions (TVET).
The placement service is governed by the placement board. In the performance of its functions, the placement board seeks to promote equity and access to university and college education, by among other things, developing criteria for affirmative action, for the marginalized, the minorities and persons with disabilities. The board also looks to establish a criterion to enable students access to the courses for which they applied, taking into account the students’ qualifications and listed priorities.
Notwithstanding any other provisions of this Independent Part, a university or college may independently admit students to its programmes in accordance with its approved admissions criteria.
What happens in first revision?
This is the first step. Here you are required to choose the course you want to do in University or College at the KUCCPS Website during the first revision. This phase lasts for around one month.
Placement after revision
After first the revision is over, successful candidates will be notified in their KUCCPS account.
The message for successful candidates will look like the example below:
“Congratulations! The Placement Services Congratulates you on being placed to one of your choices in the recently completed revision. Further details on your placement will follow at the official release of the Placement Results.
Some of your earlier programmes may indicate as ‘not on offer’ since they are not available for this revision”
Message error meaning; The error message below means that the courses or programmes are not available for second revision. It does not mean that you were not placed in the programmes
“Programme Code does not exist/Programme is not on offer. Enter a valid Programme Code
Programme Doesn’t exist”
What next after first revision placement?
If you have been successfully placed after first revision, relax and wait until those students who are doing second revision are placed. Don’t be worried about the university and course which you have been successfully placed as that will be communicated later. All you have to do is just wait for some months for further updates.
If you are not successfully placed after the first revision, you will be required to do a second revision. If you are not placed in first revision and fail to do a second revision, you will have to organize for your university education alone as a private sponsored or self-sponsored student.
Difference between self-sponsored and government sponsored
Self-sponsored indicates that you will pay your entire school fees by yourself. Government sponsored indicates that the government will pay part of your school fees. This also means that private sponsored students pay more schools fees than government sponsored student.
You will only be able to apply for help once you receive your admission letter. The reason is that your admission number is needed for HELB application.
Admission letters are sent to successful candidates once universities and colleges have placed students doing the second revision. That normally takes place between the month of August and Settlement. Also NOTE that most universities this day don’t send admission letter for posta.