The court ordered the University of Eldoret to pay KSh1m compensation to a former student.
The High Court in Eldoret has ordered a college to pay a South Sudanese citizen Sh1 million for violating their right to education.
Gabriel Duk filed a lawsuit against the Eldoret College of Professional Studies and the University of Eldoret in 2020 after being denied access to his academic records.
In 2017, Dak entered University with a provisional academic record, taking a certificate course in business administration.
He also finished his freshman and sophomore year when he was told he had the right to graduate with a degree in public administration.
Continuing with the courses, he said he believes the university will cooperate with the UoE to offer courses.
Dak said that despite attending the required classes, passing the exams and fees, and traveling extensively in college and the UoE, he was unable to obtain his academic certificate after completing two courses.
He told the court that he was denied the opportunity to continue his studies because the college and the UoE failed to provide him with the diploma and the original copy.
The college, through Michael Onkoba Nyankuru, informed the court that it could not provide transcripts and academic certificates sought by Dak.
Transcripts and certificates, according to the college, can only be issued by the University of Eldoret.
They told the court that they have entered into an agreement with the UoE to host and offer courses, which will be run and reviewed by the university.
According to his KCSE academic certificate, Dak can only take certificate courses and not accept diploma courses, according to the college.
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.