By Fortunate Ahimbisibwe MAKERERE University is to start a compulsory university-wide remedial English course to improve the communication skills of the students. The Senate, the highest academic decision-making body, during its last meeting decided to start a course in communication skills in a bid to address the deteriorating standard of English. â€œThe course will not only apply to the new students but even those who are already here. Itâ€™s true the standard of English grammar at the university is poor. We have decided to start a remedial course for those who are already here. It will cover the whole university,â€ an official said. The Director of the Institute of Languages, Dr. John Kalema, said the standard of basic skills in English language had tremendously gone down over the years. â€œThere is no doubt that the basic skills in English as a language has gone down. Lecturers have complained about this, especially the writing skills. They find it a problem when marking exams. Some students even find it a problem to communicate,â€ Kalema said. He said the syllabus for the course had already been developed and would be implemented soon.