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NCHE stops opening of Soroti University once again

The just completed Soroti University administration block. NCHE has, however, halted the opening of the institution over failure to meet minimum requirements (FILE PHOTO)

SOROTI – Students intending to join Soroti University will have to wait again for some time after the National Council for Higher Education halted its official opening.

This is the second time that the official opening of the University is being halted over failure to meet minimum requirements, a move that is likely to affect students who had hoped to be recruited in the University for Education.

This means that the long awaited admission of pioneer students at Soroti University still hangs in balance.

The university was supposed to open officially this month (August) but NCHE said it still has a long way before its opening can be sanctioned.

Prof Opuda Asibo, the executive director and the state minister for Higher Education Dr John Muyingo who toured the 9th Teso sub-region public University said the University is yet to meet the other minimum requirements.

“It does not have adequate staff, we have not yet approved some courses and some university structures need to be improved,” Prof Asubo said.

Soroti University is Uganda’s 9th public university and was approved by the Parliament of Uganda and gazetted on 16th July 2015 under statutory instrument 2015 No. 34.

The University received a Shs18 billion boost from government to complete its stalled multi-billion shillings structures, setting the pace for admission of students in 2017

Complaint Construction Company was contracted by the University Taskforce and received Shs10 billion to put up the structures and the Shs8 billion balance was settled to furnish the buildings for official opening of the University

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