KMTC wins against Kuc­cps as it ad­mits its own stu­dents for 2016-17

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics -

More than 2,000 can­di­dates se­lected by the Kenya Med­i­cal Train­ing Col­lege for the 2016-17 aca­demic year have fi­nally started classes. This ends a tug-of-war in which the Kenya Uni­ver­si­ties and Col­leges Cen­tral Place­ment Ser­vice had also se­lected an­other 2,000 can­di­dates, but the KMTC re­fused to ad­mit them. Ed­u­ca­tion CS Fred Ma­tiang’i (pic­tured) says this could be the last time the col­lege has se­lected its own stu­dents. He said its ad­mis­sion sys­tem is cor­rupt and “sells po­si­tions”, hence dis­ad­van­tag­ing qual­i­fied stu­dents. “The prob­lem will be solved by the next ad­mis­sions cy­cle. Ev­ery Kenyan who qual­i­fies should get ad­mis­sion. We will deal with both statu­tory con­fu­sion and corruption,” Ma­tiang’i said. He spoke in Nairobi when he of­fi­cially launched the Afya Elimu Fund, a pub­lic-pri­vate part­ner­ship that pro­vides tu­ition fees for needy stu­dents in nurs­ing, lab­o­ra­tory tech­nol­ogy and clin­i­cal of­fi­cer train­ing. The fund is man­aged by the Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Loans Board. KMTC is a net­work of 52 cam­puses that of­fer diplo­mas in med­i­cal cour­ses. KMTC chair­man Philip Kaloki said the law al­lows the col­lege to se­lect its own stu­dents. “KMTC will con­tinue to ad­mit through its aca­demic board. The row has been sorted out through a com­mu­ni­ca­tion by the Pres­i­dent,” he said. But Kuc­cps CEO John Muraguri in­sists that un­less the Uni­ver­si­ties Act (2012) is amended to take away their place­ment pow­ers, they will con­tinue to place med­i­cal stu­dents in the col­lege.

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