Highly Sought Courses By 2023 Candidates. Over 580,000 students who achieved grades of C- and below in the 2023 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examination are now eligible to pursue certificate and artisan courses of their choice.
This opportunity is presented in the current year’s selection process facilitated by the Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS).
The KUCCPS provides a comprehensive list of courses falling under the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) program, allowing students to make selections based on cluster points.
Cluster points, in this context, represent the maximum points a student can attain in a specific cluster (comprising four subjects) necessary for admission to a given program, as compared to the highest achievers in that particular KCSE exam year.
Highly Sought Courses By 2023 Candidates
These courses are available in a total of 11 TVET colleges approved by the KUCCPS.
TVET courses have gained increasing popularity over the past three years, with some students opting for diploma and certificate courses over traditional university paths. In 2021, more than 15,540 students who scored C+ and above in the 2020 KCSE chose TVET courses, including disciplines like plumbing.
Business-related courses constitute a significant portion of the TVET offerings, with 13 approved courses in areas such as Storekeeping, Accounting Technician, Secretarial, Office Administration, Human Resource Management, Supply Chain Management, Front Office Operations, Housekeeping, and Accommodation.
The minimum entry grade for these courses is E, and parents typically incur an average annual cost of Ksh60,000.
Building and Construction courses, available in various TVET institutions, cover areas like Building Technology, Masonry, Land Survey, and Trade Test in Masonry.
Engineering Technology offers 25 approved certificates in areas such as Electrical Installation, Electronics, and Automotive Engineering.
Information Technology includes courses like Information Communication Technology, ICT Technician Level 4, and National Vocational Certificate in Education and Training (NVCET) Certificate in ICT.
Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy courses, accessible with a minimum KCSE grade of E, are available in multiple TVET institutions across Kenya.
This diverse range of TVET courses not only accommodates different academic interests but also presents viable options for students seeking practical and skills-based education.
The growing preference for these courses reflects a shift in educational priorities and a recognition of the value of technical and vocational skills in the workforce.