5 Reasons Why Students Fail To Graduate From Kenyan Universities

Amid the ongoing fake degree controversy stalking the political class, many university students in Kenya fail to graduate due to numerous challenges.

While some of these challenges are blamed on students, others are blamed on school administrations and teachers.

Here are 5 main reasons why students fail to graduate from higher education institutions;

Left to right: Kenyatta University entrance, Moi University building and University of Nairobi towers.


Missing marks

Finding missing grades in Kenyan universities has been described as an “extreme sport”. In recent years, missing grades have become a common occurrence in Kenyan universities. In some cases, he was portrayed as a threat that prevented many fellows from graduating.

This was mainly blamed on courses not submitting student results on time and the high number of students enrolled in a particular course.

In addition, the non-submission of student grades has been caused by the inability of school principals to pay teachers on time, as some are forced to withhold student results in order to be paid.

Exam failure

Like missing grades, many students fail to graduate from campus due to performing poorly in certain units. Although universities have different grading systems, students must achieve certain grades to pass their courses.

Failure to meet the minimum threshold requires students to take additional exams while others are required to redo the unit entirely at cost.

Additionally, the resulting failure of units and projects forces students to stay longer in school, which can affect their dream of furthering their education.

Professor Maurice Amutabi is of the opinion that many students with research projects took up more time in school because of their project supervisors. He said Kenyan universities were handing out few graduates due to strained relations between professors and students.

“Students spend too much time in the system, more than necessary, for reasons caused by supervisors. ‘assistance.

“The threat of supervisors is a reality in universities in Africa and students must be protected from this violence if African universities hope to achieve their academic goals in higher education,” he said.

Postponement of studies / Termination

On some occasions, students fail to graduate because they postpone their classes for personal reasons such as illness, pregnancy, or work demands.

Sometimes students take longer than the scheduled break they requested for and find it difficult to relocate to school as they have to start over with a new group of students.

On the other hand, universities can also terminate the academic path of some students due to their poor performance in class. For some courses like medicine and engineering, poor results automatically result in students dropping out.

Students then have the choice of choosing another institution to pursue the course or choosing another course. Nevertheless, students are advised to choose courses that match their talent and academic abilities.

An image of the University of Nairobi (UoN) towers in Nairobi County.

An image of the University of Nairobi (UoN) towers in Nairobi County.


Fee arrears

With the current economic burden faced by Kenyans, paying fees can sometimes be a daunting task for many parents and students, especially self-directed students. This is because they pay more than their government-sponsored counterparts.

While some institutions allow students to take exams with outstanding balances, it is still necessary to settle their fees before graduating and choosing their certificates.


Student strikes also play a major role in students’ failure to graduate. In most cases, students at universities notorious for constant incidents of school unrest spend more time in school as they stay home after strikes based on damages.

Also, students are required to meet certain requirements such as the balance of clearing fees and damage fees and these guidelines hurt students who have huge fee areas.

Students also found guilty of such disruptions face disciplinary action from school management ranging from suspension to expulsion.

Other notable reasons include drug abuse which has seen a number of students lose focus on their studies and venture into things other than their academics.

A file image of various types of drugs.

A file image of various types of drugs.


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