The fate of thousands of engineering students at the Technical University of Kenya (TUK) now hangs in the balance following a decision by the institution to suspend the courses, which have been discredited by the industry regulator.
Technical University, formerly the Kenya Polytechnic, has frozen admission of fresh learners and teaching of continuing students in the faculty of Engineering Sciences and Technology after the Engineers Board of Kenya (EBK) listed it among institutions that are not certified to offer the courses.
The affected programmes are undergraduate degree courses in four engineering fields namely civil, mechanical, electrical and chemical.
The board – established by the Engineers Act (2011) – has powers to approve and accredit engineering programmes at tertiary institutions. It also licenses all engineering graduates to practice the trade in Kenya.
The more than 3,000 students undertaking various Bachelor of Engineering programmes and scores of freshers set to be admitted to the faculty now have to wait anxiously for their university to comply with EBK’s tough requirements on curriculum, laboratories and teaching staff qualifications.
“The University Senate has decided to suspend the teaching of, and admission to Bachelor of Engineering programmes that require recognition by EBK,” TUK said in a notice dated August 28, 2015.
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