KENYA: Thousands to miss places in universities

About 60,000 candidates who have qualified for public universities in Kenya will fail to gain admission, reports The Nation. This is despite the fact that the Joint Admissions Board, or JAB, has increased the number of students joining the universities by nearly half.

From the class of 2009, Education minister Sam Ongeri announced lsdy Tuesday that 81,048 candidates scored the minimum C+ grade required for admission to a public university.

But due to shortage of places in the seven public universities, JAB is likely to set a high cut off point, locking out most of the qualified students. The trend is worrying secondary school teachers and last week the Kenya Secondary School Heads Association asked universities to open up more slots for the regular programme students.
Full report on The Nation site