Learners threatened: University bars 500 from graduation

Monday, August 19th, 2019 00:00 |
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The graduation of more than 3,000 students of Moi University in Uasin Gishu county slated for August 22 hangs in the balance after aggrieved learners threatened to move to the Court to block the ceremony.

More than 500 disgruntled students vowed to file a court petition ahead of the ceremony to protest the institution’s action to lock them out of graduation fete. “The institution is using the excuse of missing marks and fees balance to deny us our rights to graduate,” said Janet Otieno. 

A Bachelor of Arts degree in Education student, Otieno joined the university in 2012, but is yet to graduate on account of missing marks.  “My efforts to have the alleged missing marks in some units recorded has failed for four yeas.

There is no way a student can sit for final exams without paying fees in full. Most of us fulfilled all requirements to graduate,” cried the now married woman.

Christine Wambulwa said the deans and top university managements have refused to give them an audience. She attributed rampant cases of nepotism, tribalism and favourism in the award of marks for the crisis they are  facing. 

The students, who have been at the institution for weeks,  claim some of the lecturers have refused to release their marks to push for their pay and allowances. The most affected is the School of Business and Economics. “

The university management has defended its decision to lock the aggrieved students from the graduation list slated for Thursday. 

The institution’s Public Relation Officer, Patricia Cherambos, said the aggrieved learners must clear their fees first and others sort out the missing marks before being allowed to graduate. “Most students crying foul have huge fee balances while others have missing marks,” she said. 

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