Three Makerere University Professors have pinned a former registrar for
allegedly altering marks to aid the students’ graduation.
Professors Bernard Bashaasha, Fred Babwetera and Philip Nyeko from the College
of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences –CAES while appearing before the
Staff Appeals Tribunal on Wednesday each re-affirmed their positions pinning
Joyce Namusoke, an assistant registrar in the school of Forestry, Environmental
and Geographical Sciences.
During cross-examination in an appeal case, before George
Omunyokol, the trio maintained that Namusoke, altered marks for students in the
Results Management System –RMS of the University.
Namusoke was dismissed from the university service in 2017
following complaints by the academic staff in the school that she aided and
smuggled 22 undergraduates and 12 master’s degree students from the School of
Forestry onto the 2017 graduation list.
The red flag originally raised by Prof. Mason Tweheyo, the former Dean of the
Forestry school who insisted that the students had not fulfilled requirements
for award of degrees. The pressures yielded when students were
deleted from the graduation list. The university management was compelled to
Namusoke, through his lawyer Saulo Kikomeko,
challenged the decision to dismiss her from the university service arguing that
she was never given a fair hearing.
Prof. Bashaasha, the CAES Principal, told the tribunal that Namusoke
had confessed to have altered students’ marks.
Prof. Bashaasha told the Tribunal that after she confessed, he
wrote a letter to the University Academic Registrar, Alfred Namoah Masikye to
recall the registrar from the school.
//Cue in: “Joyce was our Assistant Registrar…
Cue out: …can speak for themselves.”//.
Nyeko, the Head of Department of Forestry, Biodiversity and Tourism
in the School of Forestry says he attended a meeting whose agenda, marks alterations
concerning Namusoke was discussed in her presence.
“She accepted she altered the marks and asked us for forgiveness,”
Nyeko told the Tribunal.
According to Nyeko, when they learnt of the Results Management System was being
tampered with, they asked the office of the Academic Registrar’s IT unit to
provide them with login details to ascertain the exact person who carried out
Nyeko observes that the entries had the names of Namusoke in
incidents where marks were altered and she was tasked to explain.
//Cue in: “As I indicated, the logs …
Cue out: …to do with change of marks.”//
Babwetera, the current
Dean of the School of Forestry at Makerere University said he started hearing
reports on alleged marks alterations in the school between November and
December of 2015.
He, however, says that no one had been identified to be aiding