Graduates Seek Ksh2.2 million From University For Being Jobless.
Three Egerton University graduates are demanding the university for Ksh2.2 million after failing to find work three years after graduating.
The trio, who will present their case to the National Assembly Committee on Education on Thursday, March 10, petitioned Speaker Justin Muturi in August 2021, claiming that they enrolled at the university in 2014 to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree (Water and Environmental Engineering).
Although the course had not been approved by the Engineers Board of Kenya, the three graduates, David Okoti, Ian Nyaga, and Elvin Onyango, graduated in 2019. (EBK).
They claimed that because they have not been accredited by the regulatory body since graduation, they are unable to provide professional services.
“This is a direct implication that we cannot be registered by the Engineers Board of Kenya and offer professional services as Section 49 of the Engineers Act prohibits the employment of persons, not registered under the Act, from offering engineering professional services or works.
They want the University to be forced to provide them with eight remedial courses so that they can upgrade their degrees to Bachelor of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering.
They are also demanding a payment of Ksh750,000 each to help with their studies, for a total of Ksh2.25 million.
"Direct the University to offer us the eight remedial courses to bridge from BSc Water and Environmental Engineering to BSc Civil and Environmental Engineering at no cost in two months’ time from the date of this petition.
"Direct the University to pay each one of us a total sum of Ksh750,000 (Kenya shillings seven hundred and fifty thousand only) to enable us to upgrade to EBK accredited BSc Civil engineering from another institution and finally,” added the statement.
The graduates are also requesting that the university discontinue offering the course, which was introduced in 1997.
There has been a noticeable shift in court rulings in favour of Kenyan graduates suing their former universities for courses they deem unsuitable.
Graduates Seek Ksh2.2 million From University For Being Jobless