Frank Nigel Othembi, LDC Executive Director told URN in an interview on Thursday morning that results normally come out well before graduation, which wasn’t possible this time around. “Seeing results is not a precondition for graduation,” Othembi said.
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Development Center-LDC has defended its decision to pass out students without
showing them their detailed scores. LDC is scheduled to hold its 48th
graduation ceremony this Friday. However, in his communication to the students about
the virtual graduation, Everest Turyahikayo, the LDC Academic Registrar, says
that they will send out the detailed scores to the student’s individual emails
on June 15th 2021, three days after the graduation.
He explains that no student
is expected to appear physically to check their scores due to the surge in the
students have raised objection to this arrangement in accordance with rule
34(2) of passing the bar course, which required the registrar to publish the
final results within three working days after the management committee meeting held
on May 28th 2021.
They claim that on June 7th, the academic
registrar promised to release their final results but to date, nothing has
happened. They say that they were shocked to receive a communication about the virtual
graduation, which a day away without seeing their final results.
Othembi, LDC Executive Director told URN in an interview on Thursday morning
that results normally come out well before graduation, which wasn’t possible
this time around. “Seeing results is not a precondition for graduation,”
Othembi said. Adding that “We delayed processing results due to the busy academic program."
However, the students will not have any of this, insisting that
they need to know their final scores before graduation to know their fate. Allan
Mwase, one of the finalists accuses the academic registrar of backtracking on
his promise to provide them with their final scores.
excel has been reviewed and adjusted per your promise, in relation to the 62
queries. I believe it is only right that it is shared as you have been doing.
This was your promise. Words especially from your leadership ought to count for
something,” Mwase said in an email response to the registrar.
Another student, Anthony
Kiwuda chipped saying “We need to know our fate.” Christopher Otim another finalist
said the decision by LDC was giving the students restless nights. “Everest
please, this is not right, some of my colleagues haven’t slept since the results
were released please be fair,” he said.
Kalule, another finalist reminded the Academic Registrar to act in accordance
with the set regulations. “I pray that
you release the results in accordance with the rules so that everyone can
ascertain his or her grades. Yosia Mwije, another student claimed that LDC is
trying to change their marks to match what had been published in sections of
the media indicating that 90 percent of the students had failed the final
bar course exams.
“There is no need to actually cite any rule because the rules have been altered
by the authors. We all know they’re trying to alter our results to match what
they published,” Mwije said. With 1474 students at the Law Development Center,
only 145 made the cut, 61 from the Mbarara campus and 84 from the Kampala campus
representing a paltry 9.837177748%. This means 1329 students representing 90.16282225%
failed the final exams.
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