The Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS) on Wednesday, August 23, released the results for placement to the Kenya Medical Training College (KMTC).
This is despite the nullification of the placement process by a committee of the National Assembly.
“Results for placement to the Kenya Medical Training College are out. Successful applicants have been notified by SMS,” announced KUCCPS.
Further, KUCCPS directed applicants to log in to the student’s portal for more details.
Also, KUCCPS announced that the placement results to Teachers Training Colleges (TTC) are out.
To access the TTC results, the applicants should also log in to the student’s portal.
KMTC Placement Nullification
On August 10, a parliamentary committee on Health led by Robert Pukose nullified the KMTC placement process.
The committee dismissed the placement process by KUCCPS arguing that it was illegal.
In addition, the committee directed that the process be conducted afresh by the KMTC board.
“When the court rules on a matter and you have not appealed or brought an amendment to the law. Then what you are doing is illegal,” Pukose said.
“The process conducted by KUCCPS is invalid. I have directed KMTC to seize the matter from KUCCPS,” added Pukose.
Placement to be Conducted by KMTC Board
Applicants who sought to be placed to the 42 KMTC campuses had paid an application fee of Ksh2,000 each.
For this reason, the Health Committee directed KUCCPS to transfer a total of Ksh.84 million that the applicants paid to KMTC for all the 42,000 students who had applied through the placement agency’s portal.
“It should be clear that the student who had paid the application fee should not repay when reapplying, but on how the selection will be done, we will leave it to the board,” Pukose noted.
The decision came after Health Cabinet Secretary Susan Nakhumicha appeared before the committee to explain why he contracted KUCCPS to conduct the placement exercise even though the law mandates the KMTC board to do so.
“There is a court order stopping any association between KUCCPS and KMTC, are you not aware that you were breaking the law? Did you seek advice from the AG?” Kilgoris MP Julius Sunkuli posed.
“KUCCPS is a stranger in this placement, we should throw them out, and allow the board to take over,” he added.
In a response, CS Nakhumicha explained she was acting on an executive order which allowed KUCCPS to conduct the placement process.
42,000 students had applied for a chance to join KMTC colleges, although KUCCPS had only placed 11,975 (28%) of the applicants, with over 30,000 missing out.