MPs raise concern over 16,000 students’ allocation by KUCCPS at Kisii University

Kisii University gate

Kisii University was allocated slots totalling 7, 772 for first year students by Kenya Universities and Collages Central Placement Service (KUCCPS) last month.

The figures are according to the institution announcement in its official X formerly known as Twitter account made on May 21, 2024 and seen by Education News.

“Kisii University congratulates the 7,772 students who chose to join us. Welcome to the University of the 21st Century,” the post reads.

Consequently, in other post made on different dates May 22, by the institution revealed that the varsity was allocated 3809 female and 3963 male students in the 2024/2025 cycle.

On May 24, Kisii University made another post on the distribution of students in different faculties offered by the school.

School of Law was allocated 70 students, School of Health Sciences (316), School of Business & Economics (1, 335), School of Pure & Applied Sciences (647), School of Arts & Social Sciences (1, 943), School of Information Science & Technology (827), School of Agriculture & Natural Resource Management (436), and School of Education & Human Resource Management (2, 198).

However, as per the statistics tabled before the National Assembly Education Committee yesterday June 11 showed that Kisii University got the highest allocation of 16, 000 students in the 2024/2025 cycle a number which is high by far from what the institution revealed to have been allocated.


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The Education Committee had met the Commission on University Education (CUE) to explain the criteria it uses to determine the number of students a university can hold where they questioned the Commission’s decision to place excess students in some universities despite lack of staff and infrastructure.

“Our concern is Kisii University, which received a higher enrolment allocation compared to other big universities. You should do a comparative analysis with five other universities and tell us why Kisii deserves the high allocation and not other universities,” Siaya MP Christine Ombaka said.

At the same time, the committee chairperson Julius Melly accused CUE of “lying to Kenyans “ and “misusing your students” by allowing them to be enrolled in schools with inadequate staffing.

Kisii University has 317 academic staff, 91 lecture rooms and 18 laboratories. The MPs were told by the commission that to effectively cater to the first- year cohort of 16, 000 students alone, about 1, 000 academic staff were needed.

In the stats presented in Parliament, University of Nairobi was allocated 8, 604 students, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (8, 903), Maseno (10, 821), Kenyatta (10, 211), Karatina (9, 180), Maasai Mara (8, 490), Chuka (8, 290), and Tom Mboya (7, 536).

By Vostine Ratemo

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