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Former Busoga University Students Protest Delayed Graduation

Sumaya Nakanda, one of the affected students, says she has failed to upgrade using the academic documents from Busoga university due to lack of approved registration numbers, which can only be availed after acquiring her transcript.
Busoga University campus located in Iganga.

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Over 700 former student of Busoga University under their umbrella body, Busoga University Old Student’s Association are protesting their delayed graduation. 

Led by their Chairperson, Godfrey Ndada, the students want the Education and Sports Ministry to certify their academic documents to allow them to graduate within the shortest time possible.

 

The affected students made the demand during a consultative meeting at the university premises Thursday. Ndada says the process to revive the university has consumed a lot of time at their expense.

 

“The administration has delayed the graduation process claiming that they are waiting for the government to revive university operations before graduating more students. This is unfair to the affected students who are struggling in the competitive job market without transcripts,” he said.

Sumaya Nakanda, one of the affected students, says she has failed to upgrade using the academic documents from Busoga university due to lack of approved registration numbers, which can only be availed after acquiring her transcript.     

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Shakira Ndaula, another student says the university has kept students in the dark, saying many of them have lost job opportunities due to the fake transcripts they received upon completing their courses. 

Ndaula says the university should organize a graduation ceremony where all grandaunts are assured of certified transcripts.

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Edward Bamuhamye, the Secretary Busoga University told journalists that the list of students awaiting graduation was screened by a 15 member committee instituted by the Education Ministry early last year.

He says a graduation date shall be communicated once the ongoing investigations by the ministry are completed. 

The Higher State Education Ministry, Chrysostom Muyingo, says they have concluded consultations will all stakeholders for government to take over the struggling university.

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The National Council of Higher Education-NCHE revoked the license of Busoga University in December 2017 for allegedly recruiting unqualified staff and teaching unaccredited courses among other irregularities. 

Since then, negotiations have been ongoing for government to take over the university.