On July 29, 2021, a Nairobi High Court ordered the Technical University of Kenya (TUK) to pay Sh15 million to 75 former students. Former students sued the university for being unable to find work after receiving an engineering degree from the university that was not recognized by the Engineers Board of Kenya (EBK).
When TUK, formerly known as Kenya Polytechnic, was a constituent college of the University of Nairobi, the applicants were admitted between 2009 and 2011. (UoN). Despite being accepted into UON's engineering programs, they were conferred degrees by TUK, which was contrary to their expectations.
They were unable to find work since TUK's engineering program was not recognized by EBK, according to the court. TUK was also ordered by the judge to send the names of the 75 students to UoN so that they might be included in the list of graduates at the next graduation.
While professional certification is required, the court found that there is a reasonable assumption that the college has secured the requisite clearances before delivering the courses.
Judge Makau pointed out that the students are unable to register as engineers because the program is not recognized, depriving them employment opportunities. He went on to say that the applicants should expect to receive degrees from UoN.
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