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Students missing from graduation list threaten to block ceremony

Jackline Nzisa @jackie_nzisa

About 200 students from the Technical University of Mombasa (TUM) have threatened to move to court to halt the forthcoming graduation ceremony after their names were found missing from the list of graduands.

The graduation ceremony is scheduled to take place on December 19. The university released the final list of those who will graduate last week only for the students to find their names missing.

Last week, the students stormed the Vice Chancellor’s office but were turned away.  Among those missing from the list are 42 students from the Mechanical Engineering, six from  Communication, 35 from Hospitality and 68 from the Tourism departments.

The students insist that they have no pending academic or fee issues with the university and therefore are surprised that they were not included in the graduation list.

In the hospitality department, all the 35 students who claim to have qualified for the graduation have been left out. Surprisingly, some of 27 students who missed out in the graduation list last year are also not among those who will be conferred with degrees.

The students said they had expected to graduate this year but are surprised that their names are missing again despite having cleared with their various departments.

The students blame the perennial problem to incompetence and negligence among some of the university staff responsible for such academics affairs. “Our work as students is to attend classes, sit for all the exams and meet every other requirement for our courses.

The lecturers should protect our results and submit to the Senate for consideration for graduation, but they are ignorant and times throw us out of their offices when we go to make inquiries. Do they qualify to be there?” posed a student who sought anonymity.

TUM registrar in charge of Academic Affairs Paul Njihia, who met the students,  later promised to look into the issue and then submit names of those missing from the list to the Vice Chancellor’s office.

“It’s an unfortunate situation; this is not the first time we have students left out but kindly, we shall look into the matter. Write a letter to the Vice Chancellor through the departments and copy the relevant offices and we shall pick it up from there,” Njihia told the aggrieved students.

The students also said that some heads of department have discouraged them from pursuing inclusion in the list terming graduation as “just a ceremony” and promised to make sure they get letters of an award.

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