Presentation on theme: "CHOOSING APPROPRIATE COURSES IN KENYAN PUBLIC UNIVERSITIES July 2014"— Presentation transcript:
1CHOOSING APPROPRIATE COURSES IN KENYAN PUBLIC UNIVERSITIES July 2014
2At the moment we have 21 public universities and 10 university colleges
3Entry to the local universities is pegged on the candidate’s performance in the KCSE exams.
4Calculating the average grade for those with 8 subjects: EngSwaMathGeo/HisAny 3 from the remaining 4
5If a candidate takes 7 subjects, ALL the 7 subjects will be considered in determining the average grade.
6For each subject the candidate is awarded a grade ranging from A to E For each subject the candidate is awarded a grade ranging from A to E. each grade has a commensurate number of points as shown below:
13The cut off points (COP) for public university admissions are pegged on the performance in KCSE in a given year in 2014: B (60 pts) for boys and B- (58 pts for girls
14The candidate is also expected to meet the requirements for the course of his choice. This consists of a cluster of four subjects.
15Each course has a cut off point (COP) determined by the competitiveness of the course.
16There are two types of COPs: The raw cluster pointThe weighted cluster point.
17The raw cluster point is the actual total number of points that the candidate scores in the cluster of subjects needed for the course of his choice.
18For instance a candidate who scores an A in each of the four cluster subjects required for Actuarial Science will have a raw cluster point of 48.
19Initially this was the criterion that the Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Services (KUCCPS) followed in admitting students to the various courses.
20With time however, KUCCPS realised that the system was being abused With time however, KUCCPS realised that the system was being abused. Some candidates would concentrate only on the necessary cluster of subjects required for consideration for their preferred courses at the university neglecting the rest.
21To address this anomaly, KUCCPS introduced the weighted cluster point To address this anomaly, KUCCPS introduced the weighted cluster point. The raw cluster point is weighted against the candidate’s overall performance
22KUCCPS also introduced performance indexing KUCCPS also introduced performance indexing. This weights a candidate’s performance in each subject against the performance of the top candidate
26It is important to note that the same course could have different COPs in different universities depending on demand.
27Usually the courses offered at UON and JKUAT attract more applicants and therefore have relatively higher COPs than those offered in the other universities.
28In summary a candidate should do the following in order to increase the chances of getting admitted to the university and to the degree course of his choice:
29Do the best he can in ALL the subjects in order to boost his basic aggregate points. He must not ignore any subject even if he does not need it for his preferred course.
30Pay particular attention to the subject cluster that he needs for admission to his preferred course (to boost his raw cluster point).
31Be realistic in his choice of university courses and choose as his first choice the course whose requirements he is most likely to meet.
32After the results are announced, he should revisit his choices After the results are announced, he should revisit his choices. If he is doubtful as to whether he has met the COP for his first choice, he should go the KUCCPS offices at UON and reapply. He should then put as his first choice a course that he is sure he has qualified for.