KCSE Candidates Who Scored Ds to Join College for Free

  • Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) candidates who did not qualify to join university will study for free in colleges.

    According to a new plan by the Ministry of Education, the government will subsidize a fraction of their fees and then they will still be eligible for a governmental loan to settle the remainder.

    A report by The Star revealed that the Ministry of Education estimated the entire college education cost for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) students at KShs20 Billion.

    School fees in TVET institutions averages at Kshs 56,420.

    In order to settle the fees for the students, the state will clear Kshs 30,000 initial payment while the balance will easily be taken care of by a governmental loan of up to KShs 40,000 they will be eligible for.

    Education CS Amina Mohamed with a candidate during KCSE exams

    The loan will be available to TVET students just like their University counterparts in an effort to bridge discrimination in transition to higher education.

    In the past, the higher education transition had favoured students who performed well, therefore, neglecting the future of many others.

    “We are reforming the sector to make it relevant as it is crucial for the Big Four agenda,” stated Education CS Amina Mohamed.

    In last year's KCSE exams, 651,189 students who scored C grade and below were eligible to join tertiary institutions.

    244,436 of them scored D+ and Ds and were eligible for craft certificate courses in TVET institutions.

    Education CS Amina Mohamed