By Titus Kakembo
Makerere University Kampala is overwhelmed by uncollected volumes of transcripts and certificates piling up in their stores.
The volumes have been swelling as more students are admitted and graduate.
This was revealed during a press conference announcing the Bernard Onyango Award of academic excellence for St. Peters College Tororo.
Makerere University 64th graduation ceremony
“If you graduated in Makerere University today, unlike in the past, you can walk away with your transcript or any other document,” said the academic registrar Alfred Masikye Namoah.
“If there is anyone out there who qualified and never got their documents, please come for them.”
It was also noted that the university has prestigiously retained the qualities it had in the 1960s.
But change has visibly been inevitable. It is not only the number of students, courses offered, buildings and dress style that are changing but also the profile of students.
“For example when Onyango was at the helm of administration, blackboards and chalk, were then in use.
These have since been replaced by white ones.
Course work can now be submitted on line.
We have teleconference with other universities.
Graduation no longer takes a single day but a whole week.
“Come graduation day, to ease visibility, there are screens positioned in different places so that everybody can view what is going on,” stressed Namoah.
When asked if the profile of people like Onyango were getting extinct, Onapito Ekomoloit said Bernard Onyango was an exemplary role model.
“Ugandans do not need to look abroad for people to emulate,” stressed Onapito.
“Onyango was known not only in St. Peters College Tororo but Makerere University, The University of East Africa and Nkozi Matyr’s University.”