Today, as he concluded his three-day visit to Uganda, the Rotary International President Shekar Mehta pledged partnership with the government of Uganda to support distance learning through raising resources to procure supportive equipment like radios and televisions. He was addressing journalists after a visit to Makerere University which hosts one of the seven Rotary Peace Centres across the World.
Professor Barnabas Nawangwe, the University Vice-Chancellor, has allayed the fears of the student about the issues of the network. He says that they have installed new servers to support wider coverage.
Maureen Ayebare, a bachelor of Water and Irrigation student notes that one of her course units engineering Art and design will take eight days because it involves drawing and students have been given that time to borrow computers.
In his circular issued on Tuesday evening, the University Bursar, Evarist Bainomugisha said that the senate had allowed continuing students and first-years to proceed with their forthcoming examinations and clear the fees when the new system is fully operational.
Maria Namukasa, a student from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences explains that she has found challenges attempting to activate her account since last week in vain. She is worried that she has spent more time trying to activate the account than revising to prepare for examinations.
Professor Barnabas Nawangwe, the Vice-Chancellor of Makerere University, says part of the money from the donations would be used to replace utilities in the main building gutted by fire like computers and renovation of dilapidated structures like halls of residence.
The decision by Justice Esta Nambayo was based on reports that the appointment which was made during a pending petition against the process that instituted her to the position was illegal and procedurally improper. The judgement was based on a petition filed by 41 people led by Dr Hawa Nalwoga.
Anthony Ahairwe, a third-year student from the College of Agriculture and Environmental Studies and resides at Jerusalem hostel in Kikoni says that he returned to the hostel to concentrate on revision without being disrupted.
Museveni said he had launched a full war against Plasmodium falciparum, the parasite that causes malaria but wondered why it has been impossible to have a vaccine yet pathogens such as SARS COV-2 virus that only emerged recently have vaccines.
The study comes amid widespread concern that over 80 per cent of the people who develop cancer only get confirmed when it’s irreversibly late. They are now testing the effectiveness of a liquid test or biopsy against the old and commonly used solid biopsy that involves taking a tissue sample directly from within a tumour.
According to Lugujjo, there should be mandatory integration of skills development at higher institutions of learning. “There is a problem if institutions keep assessing students the same way as before and expect more output-oriented results.
Last week, through Grace Waiswa, the president Makerere Law Society, the finalists wrote to LDC to give them special consideration in vain. Since the COVID-19 pandemic broke out in Uganda in March 2021, learning institutions have had changes of schedules resulting from the lockdowns.
In a letter addressed to the College academic Committees, Professor Umar Kakumba, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academics noted that the examination dates have been extended to enable more preparation of students on selected assessment models.
On Friday, the members of the Guild and the University Council held a meeting on the matter. Professor Barnabas Nawangwe, the University Vice-Chancellor, says that the council heeded the request of the students and the increment has been suspended for the next two years.
So far, in addition to the AstraZeneca vaccines, the country has received a donation of Sinopharm vaccines from China and they expect Johnson and Johnson vaccines that have already been ordered through the African Union. Also, the US government has promised to deliver some Pfizer vaccines this month.
Dr Annet Kisakye, the Immunization Focal Person at the World Health Organization Uganda Office says that while the Ministry of Health is attributing the outbreak to cross border movement from South Sudan, there’s a big gap in immunization in the capital city with a lot of children only taking bits of the three-dose jabs.
Nawangwe says after a protracted push, government is only waking up to offer additional support to take the product through clinical trials when there are already lost opportunities. He mentions that the United Nations Technology bank in Turkey had wanted to support the researchers but Uganda said they were too busy to take on the project. While it costs about $15000 to purchase a ventilator, the new innovation researchers said would cost around $5000.
Of the 858 participants surveyed from 10 villages in Nakawa and 20 villages in Kawempe, Dr. Daniel Semakula, a Co- Investigator on the study told journalists that only 30% were positive that government can offer the necessary support to households suffering from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.