Ramadhan Ndhego, the Head Principal St Elizabeth Institute of Health Professionals explains that they needed about Shillings 40 million to organize the graduation ceremony last eat but failed to raise the money.
At least 146 students of
St Elizabeth Institute of Health Professionals in Mukono Municipality who
failed to graduate last year because of the failure by the institute to
organise a graduation ceremony have finally graduated.
The institute merged the graduation of
last year’s students together with those of this year citing limited funds. As a
result, 264 students received certificates and
diplomas in medical laboratory technology, clinical medicine, community health,
and pharmacy at a colorful function held on Tuesday.
Ramadhan Ndhego, the
Head Principal St Elizabeth Institute of Health Professionals explains that
they needed about Shillings 40 million to organize the graduation ceremony last
eat but failed to raise the money. Each student is required to pay a graduation
fee of Shillings 150, 000, which comprises the fees for the graduation gown.
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Derrick Onena, who had to graduate, last year says their
failure to graduate last year was a serious setback since they had made plans. "Uganda
is very competitive regardless of the profession you take, the more you delay
the more chances are wasted. But finally we are glad that we have made
it," Onena told URN.
Patrick Mpiima Kibirango, the Registrar of Allied Health
Professionals in the Health Ministry, who presided over the graduation, noted
that despite the institute’s failure to hold a graduation ceremony last year it
is up to the standard of training health professionals.
Kibirango urged students to tap into available opportunities to
create a better future.