The recipients of these scholarships are predominantly students pursuing a Bachelor of Chinese and Asian Studies. They become the immediate beneficiaries of the recently launched campaign by Makerere University Guild President Robert Maseruka dubbed "Save a Makererean" aimed at raising Shillings 1 billion to help their underprivileged colleagues on the verge of dropping out due to tuition fees.
The Academic Registrar, Professor Buyinza Mukadasi, notes in a statement issued on Monday evening that the adjustment aims to assist students in meeting their academic requirements and financial obligations.
In a letter dated November 16th, 2023 the staff, represented by the Makerere University Academic Staff Association, Makerere Administrative Staff Association, and the National Union of Education Institutions, addressed this plea to Moses Okwalinga, the Chief Executive Officer of the Uganda Law Society.
On Friday, the university management in partnership with the police commenced eviction of the several businesses from different halls of residences and colleges, including Livingstone Hall. Mitchel Hall, and Nsibirwa Hall among others.
In his communication, Nawangwe stated that there are symptoms of indiscipline among some staff at Makerere, manifested through a lack of respect for official schedules and the creation of individual timetables with little regard for student convenience. He noted that some of the staff are reportedly teaching at other universities or working in other organizations, where discipline is strictly enforced.
Professor Eli Katunguka, the Vice-Chancellor of Kyambogo University, confirmed this development, revealing that the five NTCs in question, namely Mubende, Muni, Kabale, Unyama, and Kaliro, collectively owed Kyambogo University a total of 2.66 billion shillings.
The award is in recognition of her remarkable contributions to the world of poetry and it is placing her alongside other luminaries in the literary world, such as Jesper Svenbro, Adam Zagajewski, Tony Harrison, Adonis, and Evgenij Evtushenko.
"The University's programs and interventions are guided by well-thought policies adopted after extensive consultation with all stakeholders. Unfortunately, this Biometric system is being rushed into implementation without adequate consultations and without a clear University policy," states another part of the letter.
Previously, the university had three official entry and exit points: The Main, Western, and Eastern gates. However, there were at least five other smaller gates around the university that were often unmanned and lacked adequate lighting at night.
Eva Nampiima, the Principal at the school said that initially the facility was offering certificate courses but went on upgrading to handle diploma courses only to get stuck there for years even after turning into a centre of excellence. She says it's long overdue for them to start offering degree courses.
Speaking to URN (Uganda Radio Network) on the sidelines, Kakumba reiterated that, while AI offers numerous advantages, it poses a substantial threat to creativity, especially among Uganda's youthful demographic, which comprises a significant portion of the nation's population.
“During its 161st meeting held on 21st September 2023, the University Council clarified that the biometric attendance management system shall be a physical clock-in system across the University where each staff will have to clock in at their respective duty stations,” reads part of the letter
Speaking to journalists today at Makerere University’s Freedom Square, Maseruka said that approximately 1,000 students drop out of the institution each academic year due to their inability to afford tuition fees.
Makerere is hosting the event funded by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and MTN Uganda where more than 300 youth are exhibiting their new innovations and enterprises with a focus on exploring avenues for commercializing these innovations.
As per the Ministry of Education's internal calculations, the nation requires an additional workforce of over 78,880 primary school teachers to achieve the desired goal of maintaining a 1:40 teacher-pupil ratio at the primary level. In the same report, the ministry indicates that at the secondary level, there are sufficient teachers to meet the required ratios, and the government only needs to reorganize and distribute them more evenly across the country.
In a statement dated September 29, 2023, Mukadasi Buyinza, the academic registrar, explained that once registered, students would be able to print their financial statements and examination permits, which are essential for accessing examinations in the first semester of the 2023/2024 academic year.