KAMPALA— Makerere University Vice-Chancellor Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe has in an internal document suggested the semester dates following the extension of the current lockdown in the country up to May 5.
According to a document sent to key departmental heads seen by PML Daily, Prof. Nawangwe, suggests the re-assumption of semester two on May 9, 2020.
Semester two started on January 18, 2020, and is expected to end on June 27, 2020, following the period of suspension as the country was in lockdown to fight Coronavirus.
“Semester shorter by one week. Teaching will continue for four weeks and examinations will take three weeks,” reads an excerpt.
Prof. Nawangwe notes that the recess term could begin from June 27 to August 8, 2020.
“Shortened by four weeks. Incomplete activities may continue during a holiday week and fresher’ orientation week,” he said.
Freshers’ orientation is expected to take one week starting from August 15, 2020, to August 21, 2020.
Academic year 2020/2021 semester one is expected to begin on August 22, 2020, to December 19, 2020, taking 17 weeks.
Semester two 2020/2021 according to Mr. Nawangwe is expected to begin on January 23, 2021, to May 22, 2021.
Mr. Nawangwe also notes that the university’s 71st graduation would likely take place on January 17, 2021, to January 29, 2021, for a period of two weeks.
Uganda suspended all education activities on March 20, as the country locked down to fight the novel Coronavirus.
The lockdown has helped halt the spread with only 63 infections, most of them from foreign contact reported by April 23.