TUM ordered to allow two students graduate or pay them sh 500,000

Technical University of Mombasa./ The institution is holding a 300 Isolation bed centre PHOTO COURTESY

A Mombasa court has ordered the Technical University of Mombasa to include the names of two students on the graduation list of the upcoming graduation ceremony, failure to which they will have to pay them  Sh.500, 000 each for wasting their time.

The university had barred Justus Kipruto and Kerry Karmbo Shungu from graduating on the grounds that they owed the university Sh.2, 000 and Sh.33, 000 respectively.

However, in a ruling delivered on Friday,Justice Erick Ogola ruled that fee arrears can be settled after graduation ceremonies and  it’s not a solid ground to deny the students from graduating.

“This court cannot purport to go into the issues of account between the parties. However, a fee dispute, especially where the university appears not to have kept proper account, cannot be a bar to graduation” he said.

Ogola said the court considered the issue and it is satisfied that the two petitioners do not owe the university any money.

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He said Kipruto and Shungu paid the required fee within the time required by the university and there was no reason why they should be denied the right to graduate.

Four other students Samwel Barasa, George Ray, Kerin Kalovwe and Eunice Katambu will wait for another year after they failed to convince the court on why they should not graduate without clearing the academic issues raised by the university.

Ogola ruled that they had not complied with the academic policy requirement and failed to comply with the financial management requirement by the University.

He said that the court cannot compel the university to award a degree or certificate to students who in the view of the university have not met the academic cut.

Six students had moved to court seeking orders to compel the university to include their names on the graduation scheduled for the 20th of November.