On February 14, 2016, officers from the Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service visited Narok High School in Narok County to enlighten students on how to make career choices, and to create awareness on the placement of government-sponsored students to universities and colleges.
During the career forum, the officers started by giving the background of the State agency, whose main functions include coordinating the placement of government-sponsored students to universities and colleges. They also explained the functions of the Placement Service; the application process; and the common mistakes made during application and how to avoid them.
Participants were also enlightened on the affirmative action criteria, which lowers cut-off points for applicants with disabilities, those who sat for the KCPE and KCSE exams in marginalised counties and female candidates.
The criterion for applicants from marginalised counties was of particular interest to the students. This is because Narok County is one of the regions whose applicants benefit from the criterion. The others are Turkana, Marsabit, Mandera, Wajir, Isiolo, Samburu, West Pokot, Garissa, Tana River, Lamu, Taita Taveta and Kilifi. (This classification is based on the Commission on Revenue Allocation’s Poverty Index.)
The Placement Service officers emphasised that one must have sat for both the KCPE and the KCSE examinations in any of these regions to qualify for consideration under the affirmative action criterion, which involves lowering the overall cut-off points by up to five points for eligible applicants for degree programmes.
Representatives from other academic institutions, including KASNEB, KCA University and Kisii University, also made presentations to the students.
Students from neighbouring institutions, Saire Secondary School, Olkiriane Seconday School, Ngiito Secondary School, Olpukoti Secondary School, Oloomirani Secondary School, Sogoo Secondary School, among others, also attended the career fair.