Most students are enrolling for technical courses rather than arts-based programmes, according to the latest figures released by a Government agency.

There has also been a rise in the number of students enrolling for Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) and Agriculture courses compared to those pursuing arts-related courses.

Statistics from the 2019/2020 placement results by the Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS), which were released in Nairobi on Monday, show that 89,486 students were placed to pursue degree programmes.

While releasing the results, Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha said 57,687 students (64 per cent) would pursue STEM-related courses while 31,799 students (36 per cent) were placed in arts-related courses.

“In the STEM-related courses, 36,189 students (63 per cent) were male while 21,498 (37 per cent) were female,” Prof Magoha said.

The breakdown of placement in the STEM degree courses shows that Sciences attracted the highest number of students at 29,073, followed by Mathematics (12,881), Technology (9,164), Engineering (4,560) and Agriculture with 2,009.