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Makerere to Issue Transcripts Before Graduation

Students graduating from Makerere University in January 2018 might receive their transcripts beginning next month. The University Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, has said that the process of producing transcripts has already commenced and that the lucky students should start picking theirs by mid-December. Others will walk home with their academic transcripts on graduation day.
Alfred Namoah Masikye, the Makerere University Academic Registrar

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Students graduating from Makerere University in January 2018 might receive their transcripts beginning next month.

 

The University Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, has said that the process of producing transcripts has already commenced and that the lucky students should start picking theirs by mid-December. Others will walk home with their academic transcripts on graduation day.

 

Prof. Nawangwe told the press this afternoon that following the decentralised issuance of transcripts from the Senate Building to respective colleges, the university will by the end of the year start printing out transcripts for their issuance on graduation day.

 

Prof. Nawangwe says the move is aimed at reducing cases of complaints from students who graduate and take long to receive their academic papers as well as reduce chances of extortion from the transcripts section staff.

  

Prof. Nawangwe was flanked by Alfred Namoah Masikye, the university academic registrar, who disclosed that the university had resumed entering students' marks and crosschecking them into the online system to ensure no wrongful award of degrees is repeated. Masikye added that by December 10, the university will start issuing transcripts for students graduating next year.

 

According to Masikye, deadline for submission of marks by all university units was Friday last week. However, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHUSS) and College of Education and External Studies (CEES) that had not submitted were given up to today to submit for proper compilation of graduation lists.

 

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Earlier this year, the university suspended issuing of transcripts for over 14,000 students after some staff from Academic Registrar's Department were found to have changed students' marks and awarded un-qualifying students with degrees.

 

The university suspended the issuance of transcripts to pave way for proper investigation and marks verification from the mother departments. At least three members of staff were suspended and later arrested. The issuance of transcripts resumed four months later.

 

This was not the first time that Makerere was withholding students' transcripts after graduation. In 2015, a total of 13,776 students were affected as they waited for the university officials to verify their results.

 

The issuance of transcripts on graduation day is not new. In 2010, Prof. Venancius Baryamureeba while acting Vice Chancellor initiated the process but it was later abandoned quietly after he met resistance from the Transcripts office.

 

By the time Prof. John Ddumba Ssentamu took over as Vice Chancellor in 2012, the process had been abandoned. The official reason the university gave was that some students were by passing the system to acquire academic transcripts without credible qualifications.

 

The 68th graduation ceremony is slated to take place from January 16th to 19th 2018.

 

Asked how safe the students' marks are in preparation for the graduation, Masikye said the university had already designated an office with restricted access and appointed staff to monitor activity on the system.

 

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Prof. Nawangwe says that the investigation into the fake degree scam is yet to be concluded arguing that some of the students implicated have not yet appeared to explain their case.

  

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