Egerton University based in Njoro, Nakuru has reviewed its rules on academics, a move students and alumni point out as retrogressive and detrimental to the positive steps made since the year 2000. The new rule now states that the institution shall discontinue any student who fails to register and/or fails to attend lectures for two weeks consecutively or cumulatively without seeking for permission from the Senate.
Over the last 15 years, students were only being shown the door when deemed to have committed an examinations malpractice, fails more than 50% of all Credit Factors taken in an academic year or fails a resit examination in a repeated academic year.
According to the new provisions, any student who fails up to 25% of the total Credit Factors taken in an academic year shall be required to take resit examinations in all the failed courses. A student shall also repeat the academic year if s/he fails a resit course, provided the student shall be allowed to repeat the academic year once only.
A student who fails more than 25% but up to 50% of the total Credit Factors taken in an academic year shall be required to repeat the academic year, provided the student shall be allowed to repeat the academic year once only. A student who fails a course during a repeated academic year shall be allowed to resit the failed course.
Students who spoke to this publication registered complaints over the latest changes arguing that they were a threat to their right to education and would only act as catalysts to chaos should any disagreement arise between the management and the student leadership.