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