Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology was one among the selected universities countrywide, where the Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS) officials visited for a feasibility study to engage with universities on placement concerns and map the way forward that will help KUCCPS improve service delivery.
Mr. John Muraguri, the Chief Executive Officer, KUCCPS and Mr. David Ndetei, the Chairman, KUCCPS paid a courtesy call to the Vice Chancellor in his office on Wednesday, 18th May, 2016 before meeting the MMUST Deans Committee. The officials from KUCCPS were received by the Acting Vice Chancellor Prof. Joseph Rotich, who was flanked by Prof. Egara Kabaji, the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Planning, Research and Innovation, Ms. Winnie Malala, the Public Relations Officer and Mr. Obengo, the Deputy Registrar, Academic Affairs.
Among the pertinent issues that were raised by Prof. Rotich included the contentious placement fee per student by KUCCPS which is currently being paid by universities. Prof Rotich underscored the need for the KUCCPS regulations to be revised such that the placement fee is offloaded to students directly as universities make losses when students whom they have paid for request for inter-university transfer. Prof. Rotich proposed that students pay to KUCCPS directly through M-pesa.
The KUCCPS CEO, John Muraguri responded by stating that universities should be rigorous when dealing with inter-university transfers stressed the need to engage students to understand why they should take up the chance given by KUCCPS so as to reduce unnecessary transfers. He added that inter-university transfers should only to be dealt with by the Vice Chancellors.
The Chairman KUCCPS, Mr. David Ndetei noted that most universities countrywide have experienced teething problems adapting to the new KUCCPS model. He appreciated that MMUST has acted as a sounding board for the other universities countrywide and the concerns raised will be included in the KUCCPS Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) so as to ensure that the public are well informed about KUCCPS mandate.
Among other issues that were brought to the attention of the KUCCPS officials included: harmonization of reporting dates for universities which should also include other partners such as HELB and KUCCPS, clarification on modalities of dealing with students admitted on affirmative action and the need to train university staff in Revision Centres on course application and revision as they interact with applicants on behalf of KUCCPS.