Nairobi β€” Form four students across Kenya have begun choosing the courses they want to take at universities and colleges next year with government funding.

This follows the opening of the Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS) school application portal.

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of KUCCPS, Dr. Mercy Wahome, said students should apply to benefit from career guidance from their KUCCPS-trained teachers on the process.

As of July 2022, KUCCPS has informed 43,079 secondary school students from 92 schools in 29 districts and trained 4,505 vocational guidance teachers in 45 districts.

β€œAll secondary schools must collect, collate and submit university and college admissions applications through the school portal on behalf of their candidates in accordance with the procedure given on the website,” Wahome said.

Applications began on September 19, 2022 and will end on November 30, 2022, according to a letter from KUCCPS to all high school principals.

Each candidate must pay a fee of Ksh. 500 through their schools. Minimum entry requirements for Grade C+, Diploma C-, Craft Certificate D and Craftsman Certificate D- (minus) and below in KCSE.

“This is the best time for students to talk to KUCCPS staff and get advice on course selection,” Wahome said.

KUCCPS placement criteria is based on merit and affirmative action with principals having to collect and match candidates’ contact details via email and phone and send them along with applications.