Setback for University Diploma and Certificate Students
Students enrolled in university diploma and certificate programs face a setback. Kenyan universities offer standard higher education in the forms of degrees, diplomas, certificates, and postgraduate courses. According to Agnes Wahome, CEO of Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS), students who choose Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) programs in universities do not receive government financing.
Wahome clarified that this category comprises university diploma and certificate programs. In an interview with Citizen TV, she mentioned this.
She went on to say that around 200 TVET institutes under the Ministry of Education will continue to receive government grants and loans. This type of financing has been around for a while.
By referring to three student groups based on vulnerability and capacity, William Ruto stressed that students from low-income families will now have fair access to higher education and TVET opportunities without requiring financial contributions from their households.
According to the President’s declaration, the new funding model would be implemented in the following fiscal year for 145,325 TVET students and 173,127 university students.
Furthermore, the President vowed to increase higher education funding by 56% above the current budget, to Sh84.6 billion, in fiscal year 2023-2024.