The government has threatened to punish 8,000 secondary school principals for not assisting candidates to apply for courses before sitting their KCSE exams.

Speaking during the release of the 2021/22 student placement into universities and colleges on Tuesday, August 17, Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha stated that the principals play a critical role in the development and advancement of a student’s career.

He noted that during the course selections, students ought to be advised on the proper selections in order to boost their chances of getting their preferred courses.

School heads had been directed to aid all students including first-time applicants in selecting their university courses.

The principals were required to log in to the Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS) portal and submit the students’ choices according to the stipulated guidelines.

Further, Magoha criticized parents who pestered their children to always focus on perceived esteemed courses such as medicine, engineering, and aviation.

“You find a student who wants medicine as the first, second, third, and fourth option. You are actually a fool.

“Because in this world, there is nothing that is permanent except change and you must be flexible and as parents, you must tell your children that they will not always get what they want,” Magoha stated.

He also directed KUCCPS to conduct the Inter-Institution transfer process online for 30 days.

“To enable successful applicants to further align their courses, I am directing KUCCPS to conduct the Inter-Institution transfer process online from Wednesday, September 1, to Thursday, September 30,” Magoha detailed.

A section of school heads were recently put on the spot for defying the government’s order, which banned schools from hiking fees. This led to the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) writing letters to over 200 principals seeking answers for their actions which were contrary to the fees guidelines.

The TSC is expected to determine the fate of the principals.

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