Going to university after high school is one of the dreams of young TBEN who want to improve their lives, but not everyone succeeds in transferring to highly regarded institutions.
Those who fail to obtain the required grades for a course during their Kenya Certificate Secondary Education (KCSE) exams are often left in the dark, not knowing whether they will receive a university education.
However, all hope is not lost. Bridging allows candidates to achieve the grade required to progress to the university of their choice.
Main campus of the University of Nairobi.
Bridging courses are short, specific, and detailed learning programs that help candidates improve their grade in a particular subject.
A candidate can learn this course within six to twelve months and progress to the university of their dreams.
Some subjects that a candidate can bridge include math, biology, physics, and chemistry.
For example, those who plan to start a career in accounting but have not obtained the minimum required grade in math can bridge the course for a chance at college.
However, unlike other courses, there is no minimum requirement to bridge a subject. While taking the course, candidates are advised to ensure they achieve the minimum overall grade for the desired university degree.
There are many educational institutions in Kenya that offer bridging courses and are recognized by the Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC).
However, the applicants should understand that a certificate obtained through bridging may not be recognized by international universities.
Critics of the bridging course idea suggest that the candidate must repeat form four for a chance to get better grades.
The Ministry of Education guaranteed that all candidates will be admitted to higher education institutions, including TVETs, to help them gain technical skills that will be useful in their entrepreneurial journey.
Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu meets with members of Igembe on Thursday, January 18, 2023
Ministry of Education