A Higher Education Management Information System (HEMIS) is being created by the Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS) to collect student biometric information.
The existing system, according to KUCCPS Chief Executive Mercy Wahome, is among the best in the world, but it could use more precise student data.
We have one of the top portal systems in the world here at KUCCPS. We have welcomed visitors from other nations, including South Africa and Nigeria, to benchmark how to handle student placement across our higher education institutions, but we can still do more, she said.
Dr. Wahome spoke during a media sensitization meeting on the new funding formula, also attended by representatives from the Universities Fund (UF) and Higher Education Loans Board (Helb).
Currently, the system does not capture details of over 6,000 students because of issues such as citizenship and education systems outside of the Competence-based Curriculum (CBC) or 8-4-4 system.
“Students whose parents are in the country for work or who find themselves in Kenya as refugees and did not sit for the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) exams have been left out of the KUCCPS system and we want to ensure no student is left behind,” she said.
The system will be akin to the National Education Management Information System (Nemis), which tracks individual students’ education records across classes.
Under the new funding model, KUCCPS will only focus on placement which will be delinked from funding.
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The model aims to shift State support from automatic grants to student loans sustained by a revolving fund, scholarships, and family contributions.
UF Chief Executive Geoffrey Monari said the previous funding system was based on a differentiated unit cost that needed to be fixed for students and universities.
He observed that the education quality had been affected by the enormous debts. “Universities are in debt of up to Sh61.1 billion and can’t pay salaries or remit statutory deductions,” he said.