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KUCCPS Places 1538 Students in TTCs To Pursue DIPTE and DECTE

The placement outcomes released yesterday was a clear confirmation that the Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS) has taken over placement of teachers to diploma colleges from the respective teacher training colleges, TTCc.

According to the Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha, 1,538 students have been placed in Diploma in Primary Teacher Education (DIPTE) and Diploma in Early Childhood Teacher Education (DECTE).

‘‘For the first time, KUCCPS placed applicants for admission to 32 public diploma primary teacher training colleges. These students will be trained to deliver the CBC curriculum,” Magoha said.

This latest  move was influenced by the recent expansion of the KUCCPS mandate which saw the education ministry transfer admission of new TTC students to the former.

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The implication is that TTC students will now be eligible for loans from the Higher Education Loans Board (HELB).

Previously, admissions at the TTCs were conducted by the ministry at the county headquarters. These involved applicants manually filling and submitting application forms. However, the applications will now be done online through KUCCPS portal.

Those who will be taking diploma in secondary school option have been placed  in three TTCs; Kagumo, Kibabii and Lugari.

‘‘Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service has placed 293 students to three colleges offering Diploma in Secondary Teacher Education, of Kagumo, Kibabii and Lugari with 129 male, 164 female who will be trained to deliver the CBC curriculum,’’ he said.

He noted that majority of female students will be taking the Primary Teachers courses to handle CBC learners.

KUCCPS Chief Executive Officer Mercy Wahome noted that KUCCPS will add value to the TTC admission process by utilising its automated placement system to guarantee fair competition among applicants.

“One thing we pride ourselves in, is being able to place students in the fairest way possible. We can assure the Ministry that (KUCCPS) is ready for the task,” Dr Wahome said.

She noted that the placement agency had developed a watertight automated system for admission that ensures all legible applicants are placed.

She also spelt out the roadmap for the admissions activity for the second batch of students who will join the institution to undergo training under the Competency-Based Curriculum.

KUCCPS has listed 35 teachers training colleges on their portal for placement this year.

Before the TTC admissions were brought under KUCCPS, the placement agency coordinated the selection of students for government sponsorship to public and private universities, TVET colleges and the three secondary diploma teacher training colleges, namely Kibabii, Kagumo and Lugari.

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