Students at the Techinical University of Mombasa were on Tuesday given up to 2pm to vacate the campus premises or be forcefully ejected, after the university administration closed the institution indefinitely following student disorder.
The students have been protesting for weeks over an alleged refusal by the institution to have engineering programmes at the university accredited by the Engineers Board of Kenya EBK.
“Students from the faculty of Engineering and Technology have been displaying unbecoming behavior in relation to accreditation of engineering programmes which culminated in damage of property and disruption of learning,” a letter signed by the university’s vice chancellor professor Josphat Mwatelah, and seen by Baraka FM, read in part.
“All students from the University main campus are required to vacate the premises without fail by 2:00pm, Tuesday 30th September 2014, until further,” Mwatelah said in the letter.
Students who spoke to Baraka FM said their colleagues from the engineering department had earlier closed down all classes on the institution, forcing the senate into an emergency meeting that resolved to close down the campus.
Mwatelah earlier told Barala FM that they were in the process of complying with the EBK requirements for accreditation, which included having full time qualified engineering lecturers at the institution.
“We have all the required equipment for training engineers but our biggest challenge is getting lecturers. For every engineering programme whether civil, electrical or mechanical, we need to have at least three thematic leaders in each of the programme before they can be accepted by the EBK,” he told Baraka FM.