Makerere University students are protesting the university’s
decision to conduct examinations two weeks after physical lectures resumed.
Last week, the tertiary institutions reopened following months of closure due to the covid-19 outbreak. Prior to the reopening, Makerere University management issued a calendar on October 25 indicating
that finalists would have physical lectures for two weeks, followed by examinations
on November 15.
Since then, students have raised complaints expressing unpreparedness
for their final examinations because there was no adequate time to study.
The students argue that they have barely studied while others are
unable to complete payment of tuition fees and registration which is mandatory
to sit for examinations.
Obed Obed-Giu Kwokuboth Jalmeo, a student pursuing a Bachelor of
Arts with Education explained that some lecturers who haven’t embraced online
learning cannot cover the content of an entire semester in two weeks.
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A survey by students regarding online learning indicated that barely 40 percent
of the students did not attend online classes due to lack of gadgets and costs of data.
Another student Yvonne Mugenyi studying a Bachelor of Journalism
and Communication noted that lecturers are using the same two weeks to pile
students with tests and course works which will leave them with no time to
prepare for examinations.
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Ian Viane pursuing a Bachelor of Ethics and Human Rights argued
that the university has for over three months failed to activate the students’
record management system where learners can register and pay tuition fees.
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Angel Kampi, the Deputy Guild Speaker says that the university
management has failed to respond to the complaints of the students.
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However, a source from the office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor
Academics who preferred anonymity says that they have received concerns from few students who cannot influence the entire university
Finalists at the University are considered to have studied online
since October as stipulated by the University Calendar. The two weeks of
physical lectures and two for exams will make up the one month of the final
semester for the academic year 2020/2021.