Students embrace TVET courses

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Out of 747,171 students who sat for the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE), 265,145 will pursue a degree and Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) courses in the 2021/2022 cycle.

Speaking on Tuesday during the release of the placement results, Education Cabinet Secretary Prof. George Magoha said 137,072 students qualified for TVET and 128,073-degree courses.

134,690 out of 142540 candidates who qualified for degree programmes applied for courses of their choice and were placed.

“All the candidates who applied to be placed in universities and colleges have been placed and the majority of them will pursue courses of their choice,” said Prof Magoha.

The Cabinet Secretary noted that 6,617 students who attained C+ and above chose TVET programmes, an increase from 2,632 in 2019. He said the double increase is a signal that students are changing attitudes towards TVET.

“Everybody who applied for TVET has been admitted and they can join sequentially. There will be a group that is coming in January. There are also many of them that went direct it is quicker and the fact that even the crème dela crème are starting to go there voluntarily is something that we must appreciate,” he added.

However, more than 7,000 students who qualified for degrees and TVET courses did not apply.

“I have accordingly been advised that if they did not apply, we have no business placing them because, in the first place, we revised three times,” said tough speaking Magoha.

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