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Court orders the University of Eldoret to pay former student KSh1m damages

Court orders the University of Eldoret to pay former student KSh1m damages after being denied his academic transcripts.

The High Court in Eldoret has ordered a college to pay Sh1 million to a South Sudanese national for breach of his right to education.

After being refused access to his academic transcripts, Gabriel Dak filed a lawsuit against the Eldoret College of Professional Studies and the University of Eldoret in 2020.

Dak had enrolled at the college where he pursued a certificate course in Business Management and was awarded a provisional academic transcript in 2017.

He also pursued a diploma in public administration, which he claimed he finished first and second years when he claimed he was eligible for graduation.

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He claimed that while pursuing the courses, he was made to believe that the university was collaborating with UoE to offer the courses.

Dak said that despite attending the required classes, taking the exams, and paying the fees, he was unable to acquire his academic credentials after finishing the two courses despite making many trips to the college and UoE.

He testified before the court that he had been denied the chance to continue his studies because the college and UoE had failed to give him his diploma certificate and original transcripts.

The college, through Michael Onkoba Nyankuru, informed the court that it is unable to provide the transcripts and academic certificates sought by Dak.

The transcripts and certificate, according to the college, could only be released by the University of Eldoret.

They informed the court that they had signed an agreement with UoE to admit and offer the course, which would be directed and examined by the university.

According to his KCSE academic certificate, Dak could only qualify for a certificate course, according to the college, and he was denied admission to a diploma course.

The UoE’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academics Prof Ruth Otunga, the Commission on University Education directed the college to stop admitting new students following a review of regulations in 2016.

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