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KUCCPS Explains Why Kisii University is the Most Sought After University in 2023

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KUCCPS Explains Why Kisii University is the Most Sought After University in 2023

The Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS) has clarified why Kisii University had the greatest number of 2022 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) candidates based on the university’s placement cycle ranking.

According to data provided by the Ministry of Education, out of 870,561 eligible candidates, 285,167 were able to secure spots in degree, diploma, and arts programs.

With 8,632 KCSE candidates, Kisii University was the most attractive institution, followed by Kenyatta University (7,963), Maseno University (7,702), Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (6,917), and University of Nairobi (6,917).

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Wednesday, August 8, Agnes Wahome, CEO of KUCCPS said that the university has the most available programs for students who have earned a grade of C+ or higher and also offers more affordable courses than other institutions.

“You examine the prerequisites for these courses. The minimum requirement of a C+ therefore affords many students an opportunity,” she disclosed, adding that students based their decisions on two factors: minimum requirement and cost.

“For instance, a student can choose between universities in Taita Taveta and Nairobi for an engineering program. Which will attract the most applications? It’s the one in Nairobi, but this time most students regarded the cut-off points because they didn’t want to miss out on the placement,” Wahome explained.

Cheap Courses

A random search on the KUCCPS website revealed that Kisii is the most affordable institution for a Bachelor of Arts degree with an annual cost of Ksh122,485, compared to K.U. (Ksh183,600), UoN. (Ksh160,653), Moi University (Ksh153,000), and Egerton University (Ksh148,500).

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A student pays Ksh225,335, UoN (Ksh221,850), Egerton (Ksh214,700), and Kenyatta University (Ksh183,600) for a law degree at Kisii University.

In Kisii, a Bachelor of Commerce costs Ksh 206,635, compared to Ksh 183,600 at JKUAT, Ksh 220,150 at UoN, and Ksh 183,600 at KU.

KCSE 2022

Several of the region’s schools ranked among the nation’s top 100 in the 2022 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) rankings, demonstrating the region’s exceptional performance.

Nyambaria High School made headlines after achieving 28 A-grades and sending all 488 of its students to college. In addition, the school’s mean grade increased from 9.30 to 10.89 in 2021.

Mobamba High School also demonstrated exemplary performance, with 348 students enrolling in college. In 2022, the school’s average grade increased from 5.11 in 2021 to 9.28 on the examinations.

Kuura Secondary School also saw a significant increase in its mean score on the 2022 exam, from 5.37 in 2021 to 9.11 in 2022.

St. Pauls Igonga and Cardinal Otunga Secondary School earned a mean grade of 10.26 and 10.76, respectively, which is an increase from their previous mean scores of 6.22 and 7.44, respectively.

Top 10 KCSE Candidates and Exam Cheating Concerns

Despite the exceptional performances, the region did not have a single candidate finish in the top ten nationally.

Nonetheless, the veracity of the exam results was brought to the forefront, with stakeholders querying how some schools in Kisii that ordinarily report average performance suddenly reported an abnormally high number of candidates with A grades.

The reports drew the attention of the Senate Education Committee, which initiated an investigation to ascertain the cause of the sudden increase in the number of A+ grades.

The committee, led by Senator Joe Nyutu of Murang’a, intended to investigate exam fraud in the KCSE Exams of 2022.

“We have seen Kenyans’ inquiries on social media, but we urge them to be patient. We wish to ascertain the truth, said Nyutu.

During his appearance before the Committee on April 13, 2023, Education CS Ezekiel Machogu refuted the allegations and argued that the media exaggerated the situation.

“Contrary to the propaganda, Kisii and Nyamira counties had the lowest number of As in the Nyanza region. Machogu asserted that Siaya County had the most As in the Nyanza region with 72, followed by Homa Bay and Migori with 62 and Kisumu with 59.

KUCCPS Explains Why Kisii University is the Most Sought After University in 2023

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