Zetech University has kicked off admission of 162 government sponsored students placed by the Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS), in the recent placement of 2017 KCSE candidates and those from previous years who successfully applied for placement under Government sponsorship.
This year, Cabinet Secretary for Education Ms. Amina Mohammed noted that of the 69,151 candidates who scored C+ and above, the minimum mean grade required to join university, 62,851 were successfully placed to pursue degree courses of their choice.
The University has received students from all counties covering the Rift Valley, Nyanza, Western, Eastern and Coastal regions as well as candidates from North Eastern; this ensures parity in the institution and promotes national cohesion and coexistence within the school. Moreover, this aligns with the Varsity’s intention to admit students from various religious backgrounds and different countries, to create a diverse and rewarding learning environment.
Commenting on the development, incoming Vice Chancellor Prof. John Munene shared that the University has prepared adequately to enable the new learners to settle in and begin their campus journey,
“We are excited to welcome our incoming students. Zetech University gives trainees an edge in the market through provision of a unique and fulfilling experience that challenges learners to think critically and create solutions that can change the world.” Prof. Munene said, adding, “We laud the Government and KUCCPS for the continued efforts in enhancing the education sector through such programmes that benefit students and the institutions.We look forwarding to receiving the students on the 2nd of May.”
In addition, the University also provides government sponsored students who wish to shorten their time in campus an opportunity to reduce their long holiday to undertake studies during the period, at slightly higher fee.
This year, the number of placed students across the Country dropped in comparison with numbers recorded in previous years as a result of challenges such as qualifying students not applying for their courses of choice hence missing placement opportunities as well as students opting for Diploma courses yet they qualify for Degree programmes.
However, for the over 100,000 students who did not manage to be admitted in universities for Degree programmes, there are numerous opportunities to join an institution of higher learning. “These learners should not give up on their dreams as the education sector has expanded to accommodate students who got a grade below C+.” said Moses Maina, Registrar, Academics Affairs at the University. He added that Zetech has established the Zetech Career Centre which offers the Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) courses from artisan Level with a mean grade of D- as advised by the Kenya National Qualification Framework, to Diploma courses that can accommodate students from this group.
Highlighting the significance of career advisory in equipping students with the necessary information on joining University, he added, “Our Heads of Schools and Career Advisors will talk to Kenyans about University education in our upcoming Career Exhibition that will held from 17th-19th April, at the Memorial park located in the Nairobi CBD. Guardians and students are encouraged to attend.” Moses added.