Education CS George Magoha on Tuesday (June 2) encouraged students to enrol to a section of private universities to ease congestion in public institutions.
According to Prof. Magoha, private universities like Mount Kenya have developed excellent faculties over time, to the extent of competing favourably with top public institutions in the country.
“…and I dare say that some of the private universities like Strathmore and Mount Kenya and a few others have excellent faculties right now, giving the public universities’ systems a run for their money,” said Prof. Magoha.
Magoha was speaking during the release of the 2020/2021 placement of government-sponsored students to universities and colleges at the KICD.
Only 122,831 students who sat for the 2019 KCSE exams were placed on government-sponsored degree courses, out of the 125,463 who qualified with a mean grade of C+
Mount Kenya University shines
Mount Kenya University was among the biggest winners in terms of enrolment numbers, with the institution allocated 4,400 students.
Other private universities were allocated as follows; Kabarak University (2,327), Kenya Method University (2,268), Catholic University of Eastern Africa (2,091) and KCA University (2,062).
Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology was allocated 6,006 while the University of Nairobi got 5,894 students.
Mount Kenya University had three programs in the 100 Most Competitive Degree Programmes by Cutoff Points 2020/2021.
The institution’s Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery was ranked at number 9, Bachelor of Pharmacy came at number 31 while Bachelor of Science in Nursing came at number 91.