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Makerere postpones end of semester exams

Vice-Chancellor Makerere University, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe. (FILE PHOTO)

KAMPALA – Makerere university administration has postponed end of semester examinations which were slated to begin on Monday, April 29, by a further five days.

The Vice-Chancellor, Prof Barnabas Nawangwe, communicated the development in a letter dated April 28.

“All exams will commence on May 4 and the exams that were due to take place on the affected days (April 29 to May 3) must be reprogrammed by concerned colleges,” the letter from Prof Nawangwe reads in part.

“There will be no extension of the semester dates and the closure date in June is maintained, therefore, all reschedule of the exams should be done to fit in the original semester calendar and examinations period,” the letter adds.

The Guild President, Mr Julius Kateregga, had asked the university management to postpone exams to enable students have enough time to prepare. Mr Kateregga noted that the sit down strike by lecturers at the start of the semester had affected students’ reading time.

Prof Nawangwe instructed all the college principles to ensure that all course works, tests due to this week must be completed by Friday before the exams kick off.

Meanwhile, the semester of the colleges of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHUSS), School of Law and College of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Resources and Bio-security (CABAMS) have been postponed.

Makerere University main building. (PHOTO BY NELSON MANDELA)

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor in charge of Academic Affairs, Prof Umar Kakumba, in his letter dated April 25 said that students in the above colleges received their course works and tests late and where more affected by the staff strike hence their semester had to be postponed.

“I would like to emphasize that the Vice-chancellor had earlier written to all colleges, requesting those that needed an extension but only three colleges responded and these were the accordingly given a two weeks semester extension approved by senate and council,” Mr Kakumba said.

Lecturers in January laid down their tools following the suspension of the chairperson of  Makerere University Academic Staff Association(Muasa) Dr Deus Kamunyu, the chairperson of Makerere Administrative Staff Association (Masa), Bennet Magara,  and his Secretary General Joseph Kalema.

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