75 Engineering Students from Technical University of Kenya awarded Ksh.15M for being dubbed 

Technical University of Kenya (TUK) has been slapped with a Ksh.15 Million fine after their Engineering degree certificates were found to be unrecognized making it hard for the 75 to secure employment.

According to a report that appeared on Business Daily on Thursday,  The former students were admitted for engineering courses by University of Nairobi but were later awarded degrees by TUK against their expectation. The students were admitted between 2009 and 2011, when Kenya Polytechnic and later TUK was a constituent college of University of Nairobi UON.

This prompted the 75 to file a case at the high court that saw them awarded Ksh.15 Million in compensation for failing to secure jobs.

“I am therefore in agreement with the petitioners that they were students of the UoN and were entitled to be awarded degrees by the university in the absence of any legal provisions transferring the responsibility of awarding degree certificates to the TUK,” Justice James Makau ruled.

Further, the judge also directed TUK to forward the names of the students to UoN to be included in the list of graduants during the next graduation.

In the judgement, the court noted that the students cannot be registered as engineers because the course is not recognised hence denying them a chance to be employed which was a sharp contrary to their expectations.

The judge said where there is need for accreditation with a professional body before a course is offered, then there is a legitimate expectation that the learning institution has obtained the necessary clearances before offering the courses.

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In his findings, Justice James Makau noted that TUK and the UoN violated the petitioners’ legitimate expectation that the degree certificates to be awarded to them would be from the UoN and not any other university.

This is not the first time students have been found at a cross road after finding out that their learning institutions are not accredited to offer particular courses

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