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CS Machogu Addresses Withheld Universities Marks Blocking Students from Graduating

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CS Machogu Addresses Withheld Universities Marks Blocking Students from Graduating

On Wednesday, February 28, Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu addressed Members of Parliament, responding to concerns raised about universities allegedly withholding students’ marks and impeding their graduation.

The CS called for an audit into these allegations, emphasizing the need for fair treatment for all students irrespective of their background, religion, or culture.

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During the parliamentary session, Nyali MP Mohamed Ali specifically pointed out a university accused of withholding marks from Muslim students who opted not to attend Chapel services.

In a reported speech, he asked, “Could the CS clarify the alleged reports of students professing the Muslim faith in the University being coerced to attend the Chapel contrary to Article 32 of the Constitution?”

CS Machogu, in response, informed the MPs that his Ministry sought clarification from the implicated university. According to the university’s response, students sign a code of conduct upon admission, agreeing to adhere to the institution’s Christian values and participate in its ritual disciplines.

The university stated that students are required to attend a minimum of 75% of scheduled chapel services per semester. However, they denied that the release of marks is conditional on attending these services.

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After reviewing this response, Machogu instructed Education PS Beatrice Inyangala and the Commission for Higher Education to conduct an audit of the university’s policies and propose corrective actions.

“As a ministry, we have observed that the university’s policy mandates all students, including those who are not Christian, to attend church services,” Machogu emphasized. “This violates the Constitution and beliefs protected under Article 32 of the Constitution, which the government will not tolerate.”

Machogu acknowledged the government’s commitment to ensuring fair treatment for all students, irrespective of their cultural or religious affiliations. The audit will assess the institution’s policies and recommend necessary corrective measures.

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CS Machogu Addresses Withheld Universities Marks Blocking Students from Graduating

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