Lack of information to blame for students choosing wrong university courses Kenya News

  • Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS) revealed that many students are in the wrong courses due to lack of information
  • This has seen many choice disciplines deemed easier with placement, but with the potential to get stuck when unemployed.
  • In such cases, students find it difficult to make a living after campus because they cannot apply the skills and knowledge acquired.

Law, Engineering, Information and Technology (IT), Computer Science, Journalism, Medicine, Nursing, and Education are the courses that most students choose to enter college.

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On the contrary, automotive technology, the bachelor’s degree in building construction technology, renewable energies and mechanical engineering are rejected as unattractive, reports the Nation.

Little use is made of the Bachelor of Theology, Social Work and Community Development, Mechanical Ventilation and Air Conditioning Technology, and the Bachelor of Arts in Peace and Conflict Studies and Business Administration.

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Insufficient information

According to the Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS), courses with little or no enrollment are rejected due to insufficient information.

Details indicate that 16 programs offered at 10 universities have not received any applications despite the fact that there are more than 90,000 potential students.

In the wake of the KUCCPS revelation, the debate over whether higher education institutions offer courses with an interest in their marketing or in adding numbers has returned.

In fact, there have been calls to the Commission on University Education (CUE) to eliminate most of those deemed irrelevant, led by Education Cabinet Secretary Professor George Magoha.

Reasons for low usage

According to the Director General of the Commission for the CUE, Professor Mwenda Ntarangwi, most students stay away from classes for fear that they will take more time to find a job.

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The other reason, he says, is the lack of sufficient information about the courses as well as ignorance, yet some of them offer vast employment opportunities even abroad.

“You can always nominate a marketer, lawyer, engineer, teacher, nurse, doctor, but often students don’t know that these other courses are also good,” Ntarangwi said.

This can be attributed to poor supervision from parents, mentors and educators when students are still in high school preparing to enter college.

This has led students to enroll in courses on the basis of employability, the loss being that graduating learners then struggle to create value using the skills and knowledge acquired.

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