For 4 years now, Noel Kamau* has been knocking on doorways in hopes that somebody will open him as much as follow as an engineer.
The obstacle has all the time been the dearth of approval by the Board of Engineers Kenya (EBK), the regulatory physique for engineers within the nation.
Now working as a plumber, the water and environmental engineering graduate from Egerton College says it has been years of psychological torture.
One among his former classmates says that after knocking on doorways and bored with his bureaucratic job, he stays at dwelling to assist with farming.
Yet one more classmate says she is working independently within the non-public sector and is in agony the day the Greater Training Mortgage Board (HELB) will knock.
That is the story of 200 engineering graduates from Egerton College who’ve been denied accreditation by EBK on the grounds that this system shouldn’t be registered. The group petitioned Parliament to intervene of their case and it was agreed that they might return to class for remedial lessons beginning this September.
“We’re in September and there was no official communication from the college which makes us marvel if 5 years of pursuing the course was in useless,” says Juliette Atieno*, who at present writes on-line for purchasers.
By the point the group graduated in 2019, this system had not obtained approval from EBK following gaps in its course content material.
In March, Vice-Chancellor Isaac Kibwej informed legislators that the college had reviewed the curriculum to fulfill EBK necessities for the Bachelor of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEN).
He pledged that the college would offer eight remedial programs at no extra price from September 2022 to bridge the hole between WEEN and CEEN.
The eight programs embrace Freeway Geometric Design, Geotechnical Engineering, Structural Masonry Design, Pavement Design, Basis Engineering, Idea of Construction III, Transport Engineering II and City Drainage and Flood Safety.
Educational registrar Prof Mawanarusi, in response to a scholar’s request for an replace relating to enrollment for remedial programs, stated that the revised syllabus is present process inner processing earlier than being forwarded to CUE for identify change.
“As soon as the method is over, you may be notified so that you simply and different affected college students can enroll for added programs,” she stated within the letter dated July 1, 2022.
When contacted for touch upon the standing of the dedication, School of Engineering Dean Professor Japheth Onyango directed that we converse to the VC’s workplace. “That one is handled by the workplace of the Vice-Chancellor. Name the workplace of the VC,” he stated.
Efforts to get updates from Professional Kibways had been nevertheless in useless as he was not responding to calls and texts.
In its report, the Nationwide Meeting’s Committee on Training famous that Egerton College had not obtained the requisite approval from the College Training Fee (CUE) earlier than launching the BSc Water and Environmental Engineering (WEEN) program in 2014.
The college additionally did not seek the advice of with EBK on the requirements of the regulator.
To be acknowledged as an expert engineer, an individual will need to have obtained the tutorial training provided by an accredited college program in engineering and coaching on the applicable stage and expertise.
The committee discovered that WEEN graduates from Egerton College weren’t acknowledged and never accredited by CUE and EBK, thereby lacking out on employment alternatives.
This was additionally the case for his colleagues who did BSc Instrumentation and Management Engineering, BSc Civil and Environmental Engineering in addition to BSc Industrial and Power Engineering on the college.
In its submission, EBK, led by Registrar Margaret Ongai, famous that the BSc Agricultural Engineering program has solely been accredited to be provided on the College of Egerton.
“A great and wholesome engineering training varieties the idea of a reliable skilled engineer, therefore the necessity for accreditation of engineering programmers provided at universities,” she stated.
The method of accreditation of an establishment includes an intensive overview of this system together with its design, course content material, establishing of school employees, coaching services, infrastructure, coaching period and high quality assurance.
EBK expressed concern over the rising record of people who had studied unrecognized programs and whose purposes it couldn’t approve.
Approval for practising engineers is a matter of nice public curiosity due to their duty in making certain good infrastructure-roads and buildings.