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Egerton university Engineering students sent home

More than 1,000 engineering students at Egerton University were on Wednesday ordered to go home.

A circular said the engineering departments had been closed due to a standoff with the Engineering Board of Kenya.

The University Senate told all engineering student to leave the university by 2:30pm, according to a circular signed by the academic affairs deputy registrar, Prof Francis Ndiritu.

The board has refused to accredit three engineering courses offered by Egerton, saying they do not meet the requirements.

Last week, the students held demonstrations, accusing the engineering board of delaying the accreditation of engineering courses at the university.

Affected courses are Bachelor of Science in Instrumentation and Control Engineering; Civil and Environmental Engineering; and Industrial and Energy Engineering.



Student Union Chairman Juma Fredrick blamed the university for taking too long to clear the faculties with the regulator and vowed to defy the order to go home.

“We want to tell the university management that unless the issue is addressed, it won’t be business as usual and we won’t vacate the premises because we paid full accommodation (fees),” he said.

Head of Faculty Congress Manaal Abdalla said engineering students deserved quality education as it is costly.

“We deserve better treatment. We don’t want to be like our colleagues who were humiliated after completing their studies,” said Ms Abdalla.

The Engineering Board of Kenya on Tuesday warned public universities to stop admitting students for engineering courses before they get approval.