Students who were awaiting university placement are a sad group after a majority of them missed out on their preferred courses. It is alleged that some professional courses in public universities failed to attract more than two students in the just concluded second and final revision of course choices ahead of the September admission date which forced the Kenya Universities and Colleges central Placement Service (KUCCPS). A body tasked with admitting students to public universities, to place some students in programmes that they had not selected. KUCCPS Chief executive officer John Muraguri on Wednesday raised concern over poor career guidance saying that most of the candidates were only focusing on few careers.

Close to 20,000 candidates who sat for the 2014 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examination have failed to get their first course choices. Liberal Arts and Environmental courses are some of the least preferred courses something which the union feels is because candidates feel they offer fewer openings in the job market or are less glamorous.

About 67,790 candidates have been selected to join the 31 public universities and another 12,000 will join colleges across the country starting September. On Wednesday, some of the students accompanied with parents were at KUCCPS headquarters in Nairobi seeking guidance on how to change to their courses of choice and university, majority of them complaining that they had been selected to undertake courses they did not choose.

However, Mr Muraguri said the inter-university transfer is set to start on August 1, and will close on September 30. However, those seeking transfer must get assured that where they want to go has space and they meet the requirements. Mr Muraguri promised that KUCCPS was developing an online system to cater for the inter-universities transfers in the coming two months. He said.

“Students can download the form for transfers from the transfer portal from our website starting August 1,”

Several candidates missed on their courses of choice due to increase in cluster points after more students performed well in the national examination. Some stakeholders have now proposed that the KUCCPS does away with cluster system and instead embrace individual subjects. This will go a long way in ensuring students are selected to join university more on their strengths and not the cluster as it is with the current system. KUCCPS is a corporate body formed under the universities act and was brought in to replace the Joint Admissions Board (JAB) which was responsible for admitting students to public universities.