College pledges to sue NTV over fake certificates scandal
02 February 2015, 19:29
Nairobi - A Nairobi college has threatened to sue a local TV station over an expose which claimed it was issuing fake certificates.
The Nairobi Aviation College, exposed as corrupt by the local television station in an investigative piece Sunday, will sue the organisation Wednesday over what it terms untrue and unjust reporting.
In an expose termed Certificates of doom, the college was implicated in a scam in which genuine certificates were sold to undeserving persons for as little as KES 3,000.
Students of the college protested outside the Nation Centre Monday and 12 were arrested by police after they stoned the building which houses the Nation Media Group.
Through head of communications at the college Eric Okulubera, they insisted that they are innocent and blamed the TV station for turning in a malicious report aimed at hurting the reputation of the institution.
Okulubera insisted that they would head to court to seek damages in-order to fight off a reputation that threatens to harm their current students as well as alumni's chances of securing jobs in the current job market.
" We highly regret the information passed around about our college by the news item aired Sunday," Okulubera said in a press conference in Nairobi.
" It is not true that we issue certificates to unqualified persons. The expose was malicious and driven by the competitive environment and without following the basic tenets of responsible journalism," he added.
" From the start, the expose was about colleges and universities but the reporter subjectively narrowed down to Nairobi Aviation College for reasons best known to them," he continued.
" We will be in court Wednesday to address the issue," he added.
Okulubera said that most of the courses offered at the college were examined externally so the credibility of their students is very much intact.
" We offer internal and external courses by KNEC, Kasneb, ICM and CILT. They can attest to that and I am sure they will be the first to agree that there are very genuine causes for concern from our part because of the reputation that our students and to an extent, their students will be exposed to," he added.
The TV station has yet to directly respond to the criticism leveled against it by the college.
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