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Education CS Machogu Orders KUCCPS to Extend Application Deadline.

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Education CS Machogu Orders KUCCPS to Extend Application Deadline.

Education Secretary CS Machogu Orders KUCCPS to Extend Application Deadline by An Additional Seven Days

The Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS) has received instructions from Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu to keep the portal operational for an additional week.

Machogu explained in a statement released by the Ministry of Education that the deadline need to be extended to March 4, 2024, in order to provide students the time to finish their applications.

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In order to give all remaining applicants an opportunity to submit their choices to universities and colleges, the Ministry of Education has instructed the Placement Agency to extend the deadline for seven more days, until March 4, 2024, according to a portion of the statement. This is in response to the extension notice issued by KUCCPS on February 25, 2022.

Since then, the deadline has been extended again; on February 25, KUCCPS had already declared an extension till further notice.

The deadline was originally set for February 22 by KUCCPS following the portal’s launch, but it was ultimately revised to February 26 in response to complaints from Kenyans regarding technical issues with the website.

In response, Machogu said, “The Ministry has taken note of the challenges that some students have faced in the ongoing application process,” noting the commotion.

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“The Ministry of Education and other government stakeholders are collaborating to guarantee that the obstacles are tackled and that every applicant is enabled to apply for programs and institutions of their preference.”

Furthermore, the CS stated that, based on the trends demonstrated by 2022 applicants, the placement agency anticipates receiving approximately 171,738 applications, or 86% of the total number of individuals who received a C+ or higher in the 2023 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Examination.

Furthermore, as of February 25, 121,391, or 60.8% of the applicants who had a C+ or higher, had successfully applied to a variety of courses, according to the Ministry of Education.

He also mentioned that the ministry had been keeping an eye on things and was trying to make sure that service enabled a fair placement procedure for every applicant hoping to go to a university.

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In order to expedite the application transactions, the CS further stated that the ministry has assembled a technical team made up of members from pertinent agencies.

The message did, however, advise applicants whose payments are being unusually delayed to use the USSD code *222# to validate their payments and/or confirm their payments in the interim.

Machogu additionally gave KUCCPS instructions to distribute a comprehensive protocol for the payment confirmation prompts right away.

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