*New approved KUCCPS University placement rules for the Year 2022*

Following a reassessment of placement criteria and entry standards, students entering universities will soon have an easier time selecting courses.


The Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS) will put students in courses based on more flexible criteria starting next year, expanding study options.



Courses that were previously grouped into clusters have been subdivided into sub-clusters, with particular entry requirements spelled explicitly, making it easier for students to select their chosen programs.

Cluster 13’s most demanding programs, for example, are those in sub-cluster A.


Bachelor of Dental Surgery, Bachelor of Medicine, and Bachelor of Surgery are among the programs that demand a minimum of a B plain in cluster topics.


Candidates for courses in Sub-Cluster B, which includes the Bachelor of Pharmacy and Bachelor of Science in Public Health, must now have a minimum of a C+ in the same disciplines.


The “Degree Placement Criteria Document and Report” was given by KUCCPS to universities and other educational stakeholders yesterday.


In order to accommodate more students, the new strategy has developed sub-clusters in certain cluster disciplines with somewhat varying entrance standards.


Students who did not fit into clusters for certain fields of study were formerly locked out and compelled to enrol in courses they did not want to take.


Dr Agnes Mercy Wahome, the CEO of KUCCPS, spoke at a stakeholder forum at Kenyatta University in Nairobi to validate the placement criteria that would be applied in all public and private universities.


While sub-clusters have been added to some degree programs, minimum entry requirements for others, such as Law, will stay unchanged. Furthermore, KUCCPS did not adjust the minimum requirements for several clusters that are governed by professional bodies such as the Pharmacy and Poisons Board.


Dr John Oluoch, the head of placement coordination and career development at KUCCPS, remarked that the modifications will take effect next year, but only after they have been presented to individual university senates in order to revise admission requirements.


They will also determine the cut-off point for some courses.


Although all universities have the same basic admittance standards, cut-off points vary depending on capacity and the number of qualified applications.


“This validation forum is a milestone in the journey that started in 2019 when KUCCPS requested universities, professional and regulatory bodies, most of whom are represented here, to submit their views on the minimum requirements for courses,” the principal secretary for University Education and Research Simon Nabukwesi said when he opened the forum.


However, Kiplagat Kotut, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academics, Research, and Extension) at the University of Embu, questioned the method of developing the new criteria.

This document doesn’t give us a philosophical basis behind the subject clusters and the requirements,” he stated.


Universities have previously struggled to attract students to some degrees, while others believed to provide better professional prospects have faced fierce competition.


There is also course duplication, which has been accused of lowering academic quality in various subjects.


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