The number of students sponsored by the government to pursue various courses in post-secondary institutions of learning will sharply shoot up when the government unveils funding framework for students in private universities next week, Commission of University Education chief executive David Some has said.
Prof Some made the remarks during a stakeholders workshop organised by the Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS) Friday to announce the number of students who have been placed in different institutions. During the event, KUCCPS said 74,046 students have successfully been placed into the 33 public universities.
This is an increase of 6,000 students compared with 68,000 who got admission to public universities last year. Moi University had the bulk of the students at 5, 824 followed by Kenyatta and Nairobi universities who received 5, 668 and 5, 275 respectively.
The newly approved Tom Mboya University College and Kaimosi University College received the least at 193 and 896 respectively. The board also placed another 12, 038 in colleges for diploma courses. Of those selected, there were 6,314 male students, representing 57.39 per cent.
Apart from gender, the selection also considered affirmative action based on minorities and people with disabilities. Majority of these students were placed at the Kenya Medical Training College (2,177) and the Technical University of Mombasa and Eldoret Polytechnic that received 1,121 and 1,057, respectively.