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Ndejje Students to Miss Graduation over Failure to Complete Online Exams

A section of students of Ndejje University will not graduate after they failed to submit their examinations online.
Students at their graduation at Ndejje University

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A section of students of Ndejje University will not graduate after they failed to submit their examinations online.  The university will be holding its virtual graduation on December 17, 2021. 

Following the covid-19 induced lockdown in June, final year students at Ndejje University like other institutions were subjected to online examinations in September under the Open Distance and Electronic Learning System- ODeL.

While doing the online examinations according to guidelines from the university, students were supposed to submit their answers in PDF format to the university system in 48 hours.

Meanwhile, in some instances, the system would experience network challenges where the system could not give correct feedback on whether the paper has been submitted or saved as a draft until hours later.

After moving from office to office to have their complaints addressed most of the students have been told that they have to re-sit the papers and miss graduation.

Charles Ntende, a student in his final year who attempted to submit his exam an hour before the deadline is disappointed that he cannot graduate this year. //Cue in: "Now the system

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Stella Ninsiima, a student pursuing a bachelor of tourism and hospitality explained that she visited the offices several times in a bid to see that her work is submitted, in vain.

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Dennis Mukibi, a student leader at the university noted that some students being that they were adjusting to online exams submitted questionnaires instead of their answers.

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Some opted to submit to lecturers’ personal emails when the ODEL system failed, after which they would follow up with an explanation to be considered at the time of marking. However, all this did not help.

According to Collins Ssemanda, the Public relations officer at Ndejje University, students were given one week whose deadline is on Friday this week to rectify any issues.

“We have given students time to raise any complaints before graduation, the deadline is tomorrow.”

Ndejje University according to Ssemanda has over 2,000 students graduating.

Students from other universities like Uganda Christian University raised similar issues when the institution first attempted online exams, these were considered and given supplementary papers to enable them to graduate.      

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