The Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS) explained why it charges a mandatory Ksh1,500 fee for the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) students seeking to be placed in various institutions of higher learning.
While replying to a concerned applicant on Wednesday, March 1, the government institution noted that the fee was inscribed in the placement policy and the processing procedure.
"Why do you charge students Ksh1,500 for placement yet you are a fully exchequer-funded entity and furthermore the application process for the placement is fully digitalised?" the applicant asked.
"We appreciate your feedback. KUCCPS charges the application fee as guided by the placement policy and the processing procedure," KUCCPS responded.
In addition, the organisation urged other concerned applicants to visit the official website: www(dot)kuccps(dot)net for more information.
"The placement procedure document is available on the KUCCPS website, downloads section," the institution added.
According to KUCCPS Placement Processing, institutions are also required to pay an annual membership fee, of Ksh100,000 for universities and Ksh70,000 for colleges.
On the other hand, students are required to pay Ksh1,500 for placement services in general. While at the school level, students usually pay Ksh500. They will then pay Ksh1,000 during the first revision level.
However, the candidates who did not apply while at the school must pay Ksh1,500 during the first revision.
"Reversals will be done if the amount is paid to an invalid index number," reads part of the document.
Additionally, for the second revision, candidates are charged Ksh1,000. However, only applicants that were not placed after the first revision will be allowed to apply during the second revision.
For the 2023 university placements, KUCCPS noted that the portal was yet to be opened and more details will be conveyed in due time.