MAK students threaten to strike over graduation list

Some Makerere University graduands in a customised gown unveiled recently. File photo.

KAMPALA–A section of Makerere University students, majority from the college of humanities and social sciences, on Monday  stormed the office of the vice chancellor, demanding explanation on why they are missing on the graduation list yet they completed all the formalities.

The students want their names added on the graduation list failure of which they will stage a strike during the graduation week.

“I had already confirmed to my parents that I passed and they are waiting for graduation. How will I go back home and face my parents to tell them that I will not graduate,” Rashid Batambuze said

The Personal Assistant to the Vice Chancellor, Gordon Murangira, told the angry students that the university would only grant them transcripts but cannot guarantee their addition on the already complete graduation book.

However, this didn’t go well with the students who want to appear at the freedom square on the graduation day.

“ I don’t need a transcript right now. Transcript can be followed up later. Whatever it is, all I want is to graduate,” said one of the infuriated students.

Some of the students this reporter talked to claim their parents do not understand the transcripts and that the only way they can believe that studied is when they hear their children’s names read out at the freedom square on Graduation day.

Kato Paul, the university’s guild president, when contacted said they are to hold an early morning meeting with the Vice Chancellor to address the issue.

Last year, the graduation book was reviewed with 3 days to graduation adding some of the missing names. It is from this background that the students hope they can be added to this year’s graduation book.

Makerere is set to graduate over 15,000 students in its 68th graduation slated for January 16 to 19.





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