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20 University Courses Rejected By KCSE Candidates Since 2019

20 University Courses Rejected By KCSE Candidates Since 2019

In recent years, the Ministry of Education has faced significant challenges in placing Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education candidates in universities and other institutions of higher learning.

Cabinet Secretary George Magoha expressed disappointment with secondary schools and teachers in August last year, claiming that they failed to advise 2020 Form Four candidates on relevant courses to pursue at the university and college level.

Magoha was disappointed that KCSE candidates did not apply for courses at Technical and Vocational Educational Training (TVETs) institutes or universities when the Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS) results were released.

20 University Courses Rejected By KCSE Candidates Since 2019

  • Bachelor of Technology in Building Construction,
  • Bachelor of Science in Entrepreneurship,
  • Theology,
  • Bachelor of Science (Energy Technology),
  • Bachelor of Technology in Renewable Energy, and
  • Bachelor of Technology in Mechanical Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Oceanography,
  • Bachelor of Science in Aquatic Resources Conservation and Development with IT,
  • Bachelor of Science in Animal Production are all available.
  • Bachelor of Arts in Counselling Psychology,
  • Bachelor of Arts in Church Educational Ministries,
  • Bachelor of Technology in Medical Engineering,
  • Bachelor of Science in Aquaculture and Fisheries Technology,
  • Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition and Dietetics, and
  • Bachelor of Arts in Pastoral Theology were among the other degrees offered.
  • Bachelor of Science Horticulture,
  • Bachelor of Science (Utilization & Sustainability of Arid,
  • Bachelor of Agribusiness Management,
  • Bachelor of Environmental Studies (Biology and Health) and
  • Bachelor of Science (Botany). 

Why Students Rejecting Courses

Magoha has previously stated that the problems stem from poor teacher guidance.

“We have continued to observe low participation by secondary schools in this process. This is a bad indictment on our career as teachers who have failed to carry out their duty.


“I would understand if a student refuses to select courses but if a centre refuses, then action must be taken against the institution,” he stated in August 2021. 

Investigations also revealed that the majority of candidates chose courses after completing Form Four, and thus were not well guided.

Another recurring issue is candidates enrolling in competitive courses in all four KUCCPS slots.

Some candidates even choose the same course in each of the four slots.

20 University Courses Rejected By KCSE Candidates Since 2019
20 University Courses Rejected By KCSE Candidates Since 2019

Proposed Solutions

Magoha first directed the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) to remove teachers and institutions found to be failing to guide candidates.


Teachers in charge of career departments were advised to help students choose appropriate degrees, diplomas, certificates, and artisan programs.

The Secretary of State also urged local leaders and politicians to encourage students who have been awarded government scholarships to apply for admission to universities and colleges.

University vice-chancellors have been warned not to introduce new programs that are irrelevant and thus fail to attract applicants.

He also stated that plans were in the works to eliminate various courses from Kenyan universities.

Positives Worth Noting

The CS noted in 2020 that TVETs drew a large number of applicants, including those who qualified for universities and colleges.

“I am happy to note that candidates who qualify for university admission are increasingly applying for TVET courses despite having attained grades to join university,” he announced.


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“In the 2020 KCSE, 6,617 students who attained C+ and above opted for TVET programmes and were placed, up from 2,632 in 2019,” he added.

Out of the 6,617 students, one got an A-, B+ (98), B (363, B- (1,113) and C+ (5,023).

20 University Courses Rejected By KCSE Candidates Since 2019

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