Efficiency in the Selection of Students in Kenyan Public Universities

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Kenyan public universities use a two-tier model in combining grades to determine who gets a coveted place in any given year. The selection process is of great public interest, and questions about it’s fairness are frequently debated. This study sought to find out the efficiency in the selection of university students. The sample consisted of the year 2000 graduating cohort of Education Science (BEd) students at the Kenyatta University (n = 206). The relationship between University Performance and performance in the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) was analyzed using correlations and multiple regression analysis. Differences in the University performance of some groups among the students were also analyzed. Results indicated that the KCSE Aggregate Grade was the strongest predictor of university performance, while addition of other KCSE variables in a Regression equation had low and insignificant incremental value. On the other hand, there were low and insignificant gender and high school background differences in University Performance. It is therefore likely that the university provides a standard learning environment for students from different backgrounds. There is need for further research in other institutions, cohorts, and among self-sponsored students.


Keywords: University Admissions, Gender and Higher Education, Equity in Higher Education
Stream: Adult, Vocational, Tertiary and Professional Learning
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: , Efficiency in the Selection of Students in Kenyan Public Universities


Mr Richard Wambua

Lecturer, Institute for Educational Development, Aga Khan University
Dar es Salaam, -, United Republic of Tanzania

Richard Wambua is a Lecturer at the Aga Khan University in Tanzania, having previously taught in high schools and colleges in Kenya. While specializing in Educational Research and Assessment, Richard's major areas of interest include Technical Education, Gender and Technology, Social determinants of Academic Achievement, and Public Examinations.

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