Kenya adopted the 8-4-4 system a few decades ago and up to now the system is still functional. In a few years, it was evident that only few students in Kenya made it to the university level. This trend has changed because almost every student in Kenya is qualifying to the university level with almost 70% admissions to both public and private universities within Kenya yearly. This has been triggered by high demand of jobs in Kenya hence every one now is trying to be competitive.
There are three types of university students in Kenya who are enrolled in both public and private universities in Kenya. The types of students in Kenya include: 1. The JAB (Joint Admissions Board in Kenya) admitted students 2.Those learning through the parallel degree program in Kenya 3.Those studying in private universities in Kenya.
For a student to be admitted to universities in Kenya through JAB, you have to attain the grade required by the Joint Admission Board in Kenya, this grade varies according to how the students have performed or on how much the public universities in Kenya can accommodate on that given year. Secondly, to do a parallel degree program in Kenya, you should have attained a minimum of C+ on your KCSE and a pass in Mathematics and English. Some universities in Kenya require a pass mark of C+ on those subjects and at least a C+ on one of the sciences. But most Kenya universities require a grade of C in those. It should be noted that some courses in Kenya might require a higher grade than the aforementioned ones. For example, to do a medicine course at university of Nairobi in Kenya, you need to have a minimum grade of B+.
It’s advisable to Kenyans that before you choose your degree to pursue in Kenya universities to first check the requirements in the particular universities offering the course in Kenya. This information can be checked from respective university website, catalogues or on the daily newspapers in Kenya. Thirdly, to enroll to a private university in Kenya for a degree course, requirements are much similar like the ones in the parallel degree program, although most universities in Kenya just require a minimum of C+ with an alternative of bridging the failed subjects. It’s all about money here to be honest.
If you have attained the requirements for the degree of your choice in Kenya, you can handpick the application forms from the institution or download from the university\\\’s website. After fillingthe application, you are required to pay a non-refundable application fee to the university which might range from 2500-5000 depending on your university of choice in Kenya. It usually does not take long before they get back to you. If your application has been accepted, you get informed on the day of admission to the university in Kenya. The fee structure of the university is also provided, although you can always check the fee from the website or the dailies before applying.