Prof Mabel Imbuga, Vice Chancellor, JKUAT: Former students are disputing the name of engineering course on the degree certificates
“If you asked someone who went to Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), and ask them if ISO has any implication, he/she will utterly deny. JKUAT is taking students for granted when it comes to service delivery. They tend to forget that we are their customers.
I would like to highlight something here that has hurt me so much. (As Cofek you can help bring it to light please).
When we admitted to JKUAT and all through our curriculum we knew and saw in college documents (including but not limited to financial receipts, exams, nominal rolls) that we were doing a course called “Bachelor of Science in Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering, but when we graduated and consequently in our degree certificates they have indicated that we were doing Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. Why change the name of our course without our consent? Why did we have to spend more energy on those units in environmental engineering and construction sections?
It is like going to school to do engineering and then you are awarded a degree in food science. I would wish they recall all this certificates and reprint them because that is what all of us wish”. (Name of student withheld)
Experts who spoke to Cofek and did not wish to be named suspect that the University Senate may have changed the names on the degree certificate to comply with the accredited courses after all powerful Kenya Engineers Registration Board got new powers to mete out heavy penalties to Vice Chancellors who train students in non-accredited courses.
Kenya Engineers Registration Board is a statutory body established through an Act of Parliament in 1969. A minor revision was done in 1992, to accommodate Technician Engineer grade. The Engineer’s Act was passed into law in 2011 giving rise to the Board, The Engineers Board of Kenya with a new face and strength to further its duties.
The Board has been given the responsibility of regulating the activities and conduct of Practicing Engineers in the Republic of Kenya in accordance with the functions and powers conferred upon it by the Act. Under Part IV of the Engineers Act, a person shall not engage in the practice of engineering unless that person has been issued with a licence and has complied with the requirements of the Act.
Registration with the Board is thus a license to practice engineering in Kenya. The Board won’t register students who do not present certificates of accredited courses from the respective universities