A Nairobi court has directed the University of Nairobi to pay a former student half a million. The institution allegedly delayed the student’s master’s degree program for five years.
Justice Weldon Korir accused the institution of higher learning of mistreating the petitioner Paulpeter Makanda Makokha.
Additionally, the petitioner complained that the delay violated his rights to education, which he terms unnecessary.
According to Makokha, he knew he would complete his education within two years, as stated in the admission letter.
Makokha said before the court that he started his studies in 2009, and he would graduate after two years.
However, the lack of cooperation from Robinson M Ocharo his supervisor saw him graduate in 2016.
Mr Makokha also tabled text messages in which he sought an audience with Mr Ocharo severally to no avail.
He lamented how sometimes he travelled from Kakamega to Nairobi, to find his supervisor not available.
To add salt to injury, Mr Ocharo refused to answer his calls and text messages. Mr Makokha termed te behaviour as a breach to his Constitutional rights.
Additionally, the petitioner said the delayed graduation caused him the opportunity to secure employment.
He said the five-year delay affected the perception of potential employers regarding his abilities.
Apart from the compensation, Mr Makokha insisted that the institution puts in place strict measures regarding its charter of service delivery.
On its part, UoN argued that the petitioner did not exhaust all dispute resolving avenues before heading to court.
Additionally, the institution stated that thesis writing was a long process; hence there was no guarantee the complainant would graduate within the stipulated time.
The court, however, dismissed their claims because it did not hold water.