National
Scores miss Makerere graduation
Publish Date: Jan 27, 2014
Scores miss Makerere graduation
  • mail
  • img
newvision

By Innocent Anguyo

A reasonable number of qualified Makerere University students will miss the institution’s 64th graduation ceremony that begins on Tuesday, the student’s guild information minister Lillian Aber has said.

It is alleged that names of scores of eligible Makerere University students are missing from the graduation list due to late clearance for graduation. The final deadline for students to clear for graduation elapsed on January 15 2014.

Makerere University students led by the students’ guild on Monday met the Deputy Vice Chancellor In charge of Academic Affairs, Dr. Ernest Okello-Ogwang and the Academic Registrar, Alfred Masikye over the omission of their names from the 64th graduation booklet.

According to Aber, efforts of the students to convince the university to include their names in graduation list have hit a snag after Masikye told them it was too late to make such a move.

“We visited the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Dr. Okello-Ogwang) who subsequently referred us to Academic registrar. But he (Academic Registrar) told us it was too late to add the names of the students to the graduation list,” said Aber. Aber says the names of the students were unfairly omitted from the graduation booklet.

Nevertheless, Makerere alleges that names of some of the students could have been genuinely excluded from the booklet over retakes, debt to the university and missing marks.

To date, Makerere has failed to establish the number of eligible students who have been unfairly sidelined for the forthcoming graduation ceremony, saying names of all the students who qualify to graduate this year are in the booklet.

But days after the students’ guild academic minister, Andrew Mujuni revealed that at least 70 students from MUBS are affected, the number of students who claim their names have been unfairly omitted from the booklet continues to grow day by day.

Over the weekend 18 students from the College of Humanities and Social sciences and the College of Computing and Information Sciences reportedly registered with the guild as those whose names have been falsely omitted from the graduation list.

Martin Ssenono of Records and Archives Management is one of such students who claim their names have been unfairly omitted from the graduation list.

Ssenono has a Second Upper degree with a CGPA of 3.74 but his name is not in the booklet, though it was published in the initial list earlier pinned at his college. He insists he is not missing marks and cleared in time.

As for people like Ssenono, Makerere publicist Ritah Namisango says, “I know that if you have satisfied the requirements for graduation, and for any reason be excluded from the graduation booklet, you are requested to write to the college authorities and on verification, the department of Academic Registrar will issue you with a transcript.”

Makerere University is set to graduate at least 12, 616 students in her 64th graduation ceremony.

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
Don
THE third deputy Prime Minister Moses Ali has warned Ugandans living along the borders and those working in South Sudan against fighting Sudanese...
Tour operators petition Parliament over Isimba Dam
TOUR Operators under the umbrella body Save Adventure Tourism in Uganda (SATU) have petitioned Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga over the construction of Isimba Dam...
National IDs for students to be issued next month
THE Education Ministry will start issuing new standardized national Identity Cards (IDs) for students in pre-primary, primary, secondary and technical schools next month...
Opposition courts Mbabazi
UGANDA’S main opposition party Forum for Democratic Change has asked former Prime Minister, Amama Mbabazi, to join them and oust NRM from power in the 2016 elections...
Stop-start South Sudan peace talks resume
TALKS aimed at ending South Sudan's civil war resumed in Ethiopia, mediators said, as sporadic fighting continued to rage between rebel and government fighters...
Youth call for electoral reform
UGANDA is known to have the highest figures of people living under the age of 30 at 77% of the population according to UNICEF. However the 2011 elections only managed to attract 49% of the population...
Do you think installing CCTV cameras in public places will help in the fight against terrorism?
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter