Students choose erroneous courses due to lack of information, KUCCPS

  • Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS) reports that many students are taking wrong courses due to lack of information.
  • This has made it easier to place a job and has seen many elective courses that have the potential to be busy when unemployment occurs
  • In such cases, students struggle to live beyond campus because they cannot apply the skills and knowledge they have acquired.

Law, engineering, information and technology (IT), computer science, journalism, medicine, nursing and education are courses where most students join university choices.

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In contrast, automotive technology, construction construction, technology bachelor, renewable energy, and mechanical engineering have been marginalized, according to the Nation.

Bachelor’s degree in theology, social work and community development, technology in mechanical ventilation and air conditioning, as well as in peace and conflict studies and business administration

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Insufficient information

According to the Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS), low or zero admission courses will be rejected due to insufficient information.

Details show that the 16 programs offered in 10 universities may have more than 90,000 students, but they have not received a single application.

With the emergence of KUCCPS, the debate over whether higher education institutions are interested in marketing opportunities or increasing numbers has been resolved.

In fact, the University Education Commission (CUE), led by Professor George Magoha, Secretary of the Cabinet of Education, has called for the abolition of most of them.

Causes of low decline

According to CUE Professor Mwenda Ntarangi, the commission’s chief executive, most students drop out of school for fear of taking too long to enter the workforce.

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Another reason is the lack of information about the courses and the lack of knowledge, but some offer ample opportunities for employment, even abroad.

“You can always apply to a salesperson, a lawyer, an engineer, a teacher, a nurse, a doctor, but often the students do not know that these other courses are just as good,” says Ntarangi.

This may be due to poor guidance from parents, counselors, and teachers as students prepare to enter university while still in high school.

This has led students to enroll in courses based on proficiency, and what is unacceptable is that students graduate and struggle to create value using the skills and knowledge acquired afterwards.

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