Efficiency in the Selection of Students in Kenyan Public Universities

By Richard Wambua.

Published by The Learner Collection

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Over the years, the number of students applying for a place in government-subsidized courses in Kenyan public universities by far exceeds capacity, upon which a two-tier model has to be used to determine who gets a coveted place in any given year. It was in this background that the efficiency in the selection process was investigated. The KCSE Aggregate Grade, used in the first phase of selection, was found to be moderately but significantly related to University Performance. However, the KCSE Cluster Grade which is used in the second selection phase seemed to have no incremental value when considered in combination with the KCSE Aggregate Grade. This information should lead to the consideration of non-KCSE measures in the selection protocol. Further, exploratory investigations revealed that the standard learning environment at the university could mitigate the effects of background inequalities among university students.

Keywords: Selection Models, University Admissions, Gender, High School Background, Achievement Examination

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 15, Issue 10, pp.183-190. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 530.117KB).

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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