There is a bitter row between
law students at the Islamic University in Uganda and the administration
over missing course work marks. Over the past weeks, students in the law faculty have silently been planning protests against the university administration over the missing coursework marks.
The students allege that some of their
colleagues especially in the fourth year are missing course work marks from
semester one of their first year at the university. The students accuse
their lecturers of failing
to upload the course
work and test marks on the system, which
has delayed the printing of their examination cards.
Currently, IUIU students are writing their semester two examinations. However, each student has to present an
exam card because they can be
allowed in. The students say that they cannot access the examination cards because of the missing marks since the cards
are system generated upon completion of all the requirements.
On Monday, Police deployed heavily at the IUIU main campus to block the planned student demonstration. The university administration held an emergency
meeting with the students where they complained
about maladministration in the faculty.
The students accused the dean faculty of Law, Hamida Nagadya of mistreating them and poor customer care. During the meeting, Enock
Ebubula, a 4th year Student of Law,
said that that Nagadya who is the acting dean is the only administrator
in the entire faculty.
//Cue in: “Madam Hamida is the…
Cue out:…because of madam hamida”//
Judith Sanya, another fourth-year student accused the university
administration of failure to value students, adding that they have severally written
to the administration on their grievances but nothing has been done.
//Cue in: “Lets stop this kind…
Cue out:…having humanity in them”//
Eily Akello, another student says that the
university delays solving students’ challenges on missing marks in order to charge them extra fees especially those in the final year.
Yasin Wabomba, a third-year student of law, said the challenges within the faculty are caused by
the top university administration
noting that the issues that the students are raising started way back before
the current dean took over office.
He said that he applied for remarking of two
papers and paid shillings 200,000 but his papers have never been remarked.
//Cue in: “These canes are…
Cue out:…what we call customer care”//
Yusuf Welunga, the former IUIU Guild President who is also a law student, said that the university administration does
not involve student leaders on issues that affect students, which has created a gap. He says that the faculty of law is run by one person who is
acting as the dean, the deputy dean
and the examination coordinator.
//Cue in: “There is a very big gap…
Cue out:…the issue of course work”//
Dr. Halima Akbar, the Academic Registrar
apologized to the students for the mishaps and promised to address their grievances as
soon as possible.
//Cue in: “To apologize for the…
Cue out:…on the part of the university”//
Dr. Jamilu Sserwanga, the IUIU Vice-Rector in charge
of Academic Affairs said that the administration understands the student’s problems and they are working on them.
He said that whereas there are students with
genuine complaints of missing marks, there are some who never submitted their
course works and want to use this as an excuse.
Kirinya Ayubu is the URN Bureau Chief of Elgon/Bukedi Sub Regions . He holds a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication from Islamic University in Uganda and a Diploma in Computer Science and Information Technology from the same University.