The KUCCPS online portal. The portal has been experiencing a downtime since it is under maintenance.
The KUCCPS online portal. The portal has been experiencing a downtime since it is under maintenance.

The Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service, KUCCPS, portals have been unavailable for the last two days. According to the KUCCPS Chief Executive Officer, Dr John Muraguri, the online portals have been unavailable since they have been undergoing maintenance.

“The Placement Service is preparing to start the 2019/2020 Application/Revision Exercise. To this effect, the online portals including Students, Principals and Institutions Portals will be undergoing maintenance between Monday February 4th and Tuesday February 5th 2019,” says Dr Muraguri.

Most services have been disrupted as a result of the portals outage; causing anxiety among the 2018 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education, KCSE, candidates. Dr Muraguri says normal services will be available from 6th February, 2019 adding that the Placement Service regrets any inconveniences that may have been encountered

“The maintenance will disrupt some of the services offered through the online portals. Normal services will resume on February 6th, 2019,” adds the Placement Service’s CEO.

A spot check on the three portals; Students’, Principal’s and Institution, returned an error as the web pages were not available.

On 15th October, 2018, the Placement service opened the online application portal to all school Principals to upload course choices submitted by the 2018 KCSE examination candidates in their respective institutions/ centres. The portal was closed on 5th January, 2019 after the deadline had been extended from the earlier date of 31st December, 2018.

PLACEMENT OF THE 2017 CANDIDATES.

The first revision exercise for the 2017 KCSE candidates was executed between January, 2018 and Wednesday, 14th February, 2018. Out of the 70,073 candidates who scored C+ (plus) and above, the minimum, mean grade required to join university, 62,851 were successfully placed to degree courses of their choice.

Further, 28,866 students [of the 100,906 students who scored between C ( plain) and C- (minus) in the 2017 KCSE examination and were eligible for Placement to diploma courses] applied for diploma courses and were duly placed to courses of their choice.

The inter institutional transfer applications portal for the 2017 KCSE candidates was opened on 11th May, 2019. The portal allowed the 2017 KCSE candidates (who had already been selected for courses in universities or colleges under Government sponsorship) to transfer to other institutions and/ or courses of their choice.

The number of 2018 KCSE candidates who managed the minimum university entry grade rose by about 30 percent from the previous year, 2017. A total of 90,377 who garnered a mean grade of C+ (plus) and above, which is the minimum university entry qualification, in the 2018 KCSE exams will be hoping to get Placement for degree courses of their choice.

The Placement service is expected to open the Students’ portal, soon, to enable the students select/ revise their preferred university degree courses for the 2019/2020 academic year.