KAMPALA - At least 2,000 Kyambogo University students who had failed to complete their programmes within the stipulated period have until next month to resume their studies.
The decision of the university to give a second chance for the students who have overstayed was made recently by the institution’s senate, its highest academic organ.
Initially, the students who took too long to complete their courses faced dismissal.
Rose Bwire, the university’s academic registrar, told New Vision said the amnesty will only benefit students who joined Uganda’s second largest public university after the 2005/2006 academic year.
Despite Kyambogo offering an additional two years after elapse of the stipulated period of study, it has emerged that thousands of students who joined the institution after the 2005/2006 academic year are yet to graduate.
Now, they have two more years to graduate.
“The amnesty period covers only two academic years 2014/2015 to 2015/2016 during which the concerned students can accomplish their studies,” said Bwire.
Bwire said the move to permit the students to resume their studies is aimed at clearing backlog of several programmes and ensuring efficiency in operations of the university.
“It was noted that, these students had been admitted to university programmes, embarked on studies, but did not complete because of failure to pay fees and accumulating retakes, among others.
“We hope they will complete their studies in the next two years.”