Education
Parents urge Matiang’i to lower university entry points

A section of Educationists and parents in Limuru, Kiambu County are asking Education Cabinet Secretary (CS) Fred Matiang’i to lower university entry point from C+ to C.

This is for candidates intending to pursue degrees and C- for those seeking to pursue diploma programmes in public and private universities following the poor performance in the 2016 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examination.

The educationists say that the move will allow more candidates who sat for KCSE in 2016 get absorbed into universities and colleges.

John Mugo, an educationist based in Limuru notes that many candidates who sat for KCSE in 2016 and failed to attain C+ will miss out on university education.

He observes that there is need for the cut point to be lowered since the performance in the 2016 KCSE examination was very poor.

“The Ministry of education should consider lowering the university entry point for candidates who sat for KCSE in 2016 to enable them absorbed in the universities and colleges,” he said during an interview on Sunday.

Mugo noted that the poor performance in 2016 KCSE spells doom for candidates who failed.

He also asked the government to come up with alternatives for candidates who scored grade E in 2016 KCSE.

“The government needs to come up with way forward for over 30,000 candidates who sat for KCSE and scored grade E” he said.

The educationist however lauded Matiang’i for reforming the education sector.

He said that the sector had been invaded by cartels that had lowered down the standards of education.

Out of the 577,253 candidates who sat for KCSE last year only 88, 929 scored C+ and above and will automatically join public universities according to Matiang’i.

In the 2016 KCSE, only 141 candidates scored straight As compared to 2,685 As registered in 2015.

In the same examination, 4645 candidates scored A- with 10,975 scoring B+.

At least 33,000 candidates scored grade E in the 2016 KCSE examination.

While releasing the results last week, Matiang’i said this year’s entry point to university will be a C+.

He added that all the 88,929 candidates who scored c+ and above will get admission to public university.

The poor KCSE results spell doom for Private universities who enrol and offer parallel programmes.

Educationists note that some private universities might close down since there are no students to admit basing on the 2016 KCSE results.

“We are likely to see some private universities close shop since they will have no students to admit as public universities will take all the 88,929 candidates who scored C+ and above,” said Stella Kimani, an education consultant based in Limuru.

Kimani noted that it is a hard time for private universities noting that some of the reforms being taken in the education sector might phase off some private varsities,” she said.

The consultant observed that the education system has been corrupted and the reforms being undertaken might come with harsh effects on institutions of higher learning.

During an interview with Citizen TV on Sunday, Matiang’i said that some universities might be shut down for contravening the laws.

He said that an assessment and evaluation of all universities is being undertaken by the Commission for Higher Education.

“Some of the action we will take will be painful, we have no option but to reform the university sector,” he said during the interview.

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