Students shun Garissa university in September intake

Students set to join universities in September have shunned Garissa University College, dealing a blow to government efforts to revive the institution a year after a deadly terrorist attack there, writes Ouma Wanzala for The Nation.

Out of a declared capacity of 710 at Garissa, a constituent college of Moi University, only 23 students have selected to join it. Statistics from the Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service or KUCCPS – the body that processes admissions to public universities – indicate that there are 687 unfilled capacities. Last year, the college did not admit any students following the April 2015 attack that left more than 142 students dead.

Bachelor of education (arts) has the highest number of unfilled slots at 149, followed by bachelor of education (science) at 95, among others. KUCCPS has since announced the second and final revision of course choices ahead of the September admission date. This is after more than 19,209 candidates failed to get their first degree course choices.
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