High number of Kenyan students rejected by Canada

Kenyans are among African students rejected by Canada’s Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship department.
Data from the department indicate that 70 per cent of students from Kenya who had applied to study and were admitted to universities in Canada between January and May this year were rejected.
The students were to start their studies this month.
Exact number
However, the data does not indicate the exact number of students who had applied to join the Canadian institutions. According to Polestar, a Canadian publication, the approval rates vary according to the applicants’ countries of origin.
“The highest is seen among African students, where three out of four have had their applications for a new Canadian study permits denied this winter and spring. Rejection rates among applicants from Nigeria and Algeria were 81 and 86 per cent respectively,” reported the publication.
Alain Roy, vice-president of Colleges and Institutes Canada, told the publication that his organisation has lobbied the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Department to find ways to improve the study permit approval for applicants from Africa.
The Canadian immigration authorities can decline an application on several grounds, including insufficient proof of financial support, the applicant’s health or security threat to Canada, and incomplete or suspected fraudulent application.
About 15,000 students leave Kenya annually to study abroad, with fewer than 300 getting scholarships.
Data from the Ministry of Education indicates that it costs between Sh750,000 and Sh 1 million per year to keep a student in university, especially in Europe, which is beyond the reach of many parents.
According to the Kenya National Qualification Authority (KNQA), most African students prefer to study in France, Britain, United States, Germany, Malaysia, Canada, Italy, Australia, South Africa, Morocco and Angola.
Kenyan universities attract fewer than 5,000 foreign students.
KNQA Director-General Dr Juma Mukhwana says Kenya needs to emulate countries such as South Africa which attract more foreign students.
A report by the Ministry of Education indicates that since 2013, it has processed 1,267 scholarships from 18 governments. However, this does not include students who are financing their own studies.
By Sunday Nation

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