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Funding Headache as KUCCPS Places Over 250,000 Students For Varsity, TVET Programmes

Over Ksh.30 Billion Required To Fund Lucky Students Who Secured University And College Slots

Funding Headache as KUCCPS Places Over 250,000 Students For Varsity, TVET Programmes.

The university and college placement results are out, but the government will need more than Sh30 billion to fund all of the lucky students who got slots.

However, if the government sticks to its 100% transition pledge, it will need Sh66.5 billion to absorb all 754,229 students who scored between A and D- (minus).

This would still leave out 81,345 students who received an E on the KCSE in 2021.

Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha said yesterday at Eastleigh High School that all students who applied for a degree, diploma, and certificate courses had been placed.

According to the CS, 123,963 students with a minimum university entry grade of C+ or higher have secured degree courses.

“The majority of the students who attained the mandatory minimum university qualification grade of C+ and above were completely placed to take degree courses in public and private universities,” said Magoha.

Another 124,258 students have been assigned to Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) institutions.

There are 5,278 of them who received university entrance grades but chose to pursue TVET courses.

However, basic calculations show that by September, when admissions are expected to begin, the government must set aside Sh30.1 billion to support learning in universities and colleges.

Normally, the government allots Sh140,000 per academic year to each university student to cover tuition.

This means that Sh17.4 billion must be available for the 123,963 students who will be enrolled in university degree programs.

At the same time, the Higher Education Loans Board (Helb) offers long-term loans ranging from Sh40,000 to Sh60,000 per year for student maintenance and the purchase of learning materials.

This means an additional Sh5 billion will be needed, bringing the total amount required for university students to Sh22.4 billion.

Furthermore, the government would need more funding to support 124,258 students admitted to TVETs.

Despite the fact that the average TVET fee is Sh56,000, the government spends Sh30,000 on each student’s capitation each year. This equates to Sh3.7 billion for those who were placed.

Furthermore, Helb requires additional funds to supplement the government capitation for all students enrolled in TVETs to cover their fees, with each learner receiving Sh26,400.

Another Sh13,600 is allocated for student maintenance, bringing the total amount required by Helb to fund each TVET student to Sh40,000 per year.

This translates into Sh4 billion for TVET students.

The total amount of money required by the government to fund the students placed is approximately Sh30.1 billion.

However, the Sunday Standard calculated that Sh66.5 billion would be required under the 100% transition policy.

This means that, in addition to the Sh22.4 billion required to fund university students, additional funds will be required to support the 630,266 students who may be admitted to TVET institutions.

This is the total number of students who received grades ranging from C (plain) to D. (minus).

If all of these students are assisted in gaining admission to TVET colleges, Sh44.1 billion will be required.

However, the 81,345 students who received an E in the examinations will go unaccounted for because they may not be admitted to any of the colleges.

Transiting all secondary school students to universities and tertiary education may remain a pipe dream because the funding required to support the policy at this level is enormous.

Magoha only mentioned the success of the transition from primary to secondary schools while releasing the 2021 KCSE examination results.

This occurs as universities continue to suffer from a lack of funding, which has caused many institutions to cut operations, reduce campuses, and lay off staff.

Universities Fund, the body tasked with developing a fair and transparent criterion for allocating funds to universities, notes in its 2021-26 strategic plan that more innovative ways to support institutions must be implemented.

According to the Fund, 271,446 students were enrolled in public universities in the 2020/21 fiscal year, and the approved budget was Sh41.907 billion, which was Sh27.359 billion less.

In the same year, 61,541 students were admitted to private universities, and the approved budget was Sh2.73 billion, which was Sh9.375 billion less than the previous year.

“The approved allocation from the government in the financial year 2020/21 stood at Sh44 billion, equivalent to about 55 percent of the required resources, at 80 percent differentiated unit cost (DUC) computation.


“The fund intends to grow this allocation to Sh75 billion annually to fill the funding gap,” reads the plan.

To address funding gaps, the Universities Fund prioritized seeking additional funding from regional, national, and international partners in its strategic plan, with the goal of increasing its funds to at least Sh75 billion annually over the next five years.

Funding Headache as KUCCPS Places Over 250,000 Students For Varsity, TVET Programmes



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