Bill Passed to Drop Private Varsity Bosses from KUCCPS
Bill Passed to Drop Private Varsity Bosses from KUCCPS. A new funding model will result in the exclusion of vice chancellors (VCs) from private universities from the board of a state organization in charge of student placements.
These two VCs would no longer serve on the 13-member board of the Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS), according to the Universities (Amendment) Bill, 2023, which is now being discussed in Parliament.
This proposed legislation is in line with the recent change in government funding, which saw the end of government funding for students attending private universities. The Bill makes it clear that it disqualifies the two vice chancellors who represent private universities from serving on the KUCCPS board.
Instead of the previous Differentiated Unit Cost model, financial aid for university and college students will now be decided upon based on their financial need.
Funds will be distributed to individual students using this updated method according to four need categories: vulnerable, highly needy, needy, and less needy. Therefore, compared to kids from more affluent households, students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds will receive greater financial support.
In order to categorize students for this reason, the State uses eight characteristics, including the parents’ ethnicity, gender, course type, marginalization, handicap, family size, and composition.