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Many students who sat for the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education, KCSE, exams last year are crying foul after stringent requirements locked them out of preferred courses. The students who are currently making their courses choice via the Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service, KUCCPS, are unable to select given courses due to ‘high’ cluster and subject requirements. Students wishing to enroll for teaching courses have been met with a rude shock as the bar has been raised. For example, to enroll for a degree in Bachelor of Education Science one is expected to have scored a minimum of a C (plain) in both English and Mathematics at the KCSE exams. This is on top of the cluster requirements set by various universities. For this degree Kenyatta University has set the highest cluster at 34.996, while Baraton university has the lowest cluster requirement of 23.001. One must have also garnered a minimum of a C+ (plus) for both the mean grade and the teaching subjects.

Things are not any better for students wishing to enroll for a degree in Bachelor of Education Arts as they are expected to have scored a C (plain) in English and a D+ (plus) in Mathematics. For this course, Kenyatta University has set the highest cluster of 30.251, while the University of Eldoret has the lowest cluster requirement of 24.11.


The general low performance in Biology at KCSE by many students has come back to haunt them big time. Students who failed to clinch a C+ (plus) in Biology are most hit as they can not enroll for a medicine/ health related degree course. For instance, a student with intentions of enrolling for a degree in Nursing must have a C+ (plus) in Biology, Chemistry, Maths or Physics and English or Kiswahili. The highest cluster for this course has been set at 39.905 and the lowest cluster at 28.044.

These are the other degree courses’ Minimum subject requirements:

  • Law: B (plain) in English or Kiswahili
  • Bachelor of Education (Special needs Education): C (plain) in English/ Kiswahili, C+ in Biology and a C+ (plus) in either Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry or Geography.

Students applying for the Courses are expected to pay Kshs. 1,500; if applying for the first time. The money is paid to the KUCCPS pay bill number that will be provided during the application process at https://students.kuccps.net/login/. The students have up to the the 23rd of February, 2019 to select or revise their courses.