- In this interactive series, we invite readers to send in questions to select public figures.
- This week, John Muraguri, the chief executive officer of the Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service, responds to your questions.
In this interactive series, we invite readers to send in questions to select public figures. This week, John Muraguri, the chief executive officer of the Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service, responds to your questions.
In the 1990s and part of 2000 when you and I worked in the Joint Admissions Board (JAB) secretariat, you can attest to the fact that the institution was one of most transparent in Kenya by admitting only qualified candidates. This was achieved through involvement of all the stakeholders—the vice chancellors, deputy vice chancellors, principals, academic registrars among others. In the absence of this involvement what mechanisms are KUCCPS putting in place to fairness?
Yes, I can attest to Mr Kiswi’s assertion that JAB did a good job and in a transparent and fair manner. And I can guarantee that the process is even more transparent and open now than it was then. Before we embark on placement, we hold stakeholder meetings attended by Vice-Chancellors, Registrars and College Principals to discuss and adopt the criteria. Further, the Placement Board and Committees of the Board play an oversight role and approve every stage of the placement process to ensure that it complies with our placement policy and the requirements of fairness and transparency. And lastly, we have increasingly automated our processes, ensuring that the placement is not just transparent but also verifiable.
My son was a KUCCPS-placed student admitted at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology on government scholarship having attained A-minus but he would like to join Strathmore University and has been since admitted there. Can KUCCPS arrange to formalise the transfer of his government sponsorship to Strathmore and so that I top up the difference since the tuition fee at Strathmore is higher?
E. Otieno, Nairobi
At the moment, Strathmore University is not among the institutions that are admitting government-sponsored students, by choice. Therefore, your request to formalise the transfer and move the scholarship to Strathmore would not be possible.
The unending tussle between your institution and Kenya Medical Training College (KMTC) on student placements is one that has baffled even the most level-headed Kenyan. The two institutions are public and the least expected of them is just quality service delivery. What is your view on this issue?
Komen Moris, Eldoret
This matter is currently the subject of court proceedings and is pending determination on whose mandate it is to place Government-sponsored students to KMTC. Therefore, it is only fair to allow the process to be concluded and a determination made.
Following the announcement that all who sat for their exams from 1992-2015 could apply for a diploma programme under government sponsorship, I wanted to know if the application I did will be responded to. I did my KCSE 2015 and I had a B- (56 points).
The KUCCPS is working on modalities of placing students to diploma courses on a semester basis instead of annually as currently is the case with universities. Hence, students seeking diploma courses will be able to apply for placement on a continuous basis. Nevertheless, to provide an answer on the status of your diploma application, we would require the specific details regarding your application, especially your KCSE index number.
What exactly is your institution’s mandate?
Francis Njuguna, Kibichoi
KUCCPS derives its mandate from the Universities Act of 2012, Sections 56 and 57. Our mandate is to coordinate the placement of government-sponsored students to universities and colleges; disseminate information on available programmes, their cost and areas prioritised by the Government; collect and retain data relating to placement to universities and colleges; develop career guidance and counselling programmes to benefit students; advise the Government on matters relating to placement; and perform any other function assigned by the Act.
Was thorough audit of private universities in Kenya done to ensure that they have adequate resources and manpower before the government partially sponsored thousands of students to attend these universities?
First, the regulation of university education, including accreditation and quality assurance, is carried out by the Commission for University Education (CUE). KUCCPS only places students to universities that have been accredited by CUE, both public and private.