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Mak Fires Four Staff Members over Marks Alteration :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Mak Fires Four Staff Members over Marks Alteration

The decision to relieve the staffs of their duties was made by the University Appointments Board during a meeting held on October 5, 2018, and communicated in letters dated October 8, 2018, signed by Andrew Abunyang, the Director Human Resources at Makerere University.
Makerere University has fired four staff members for altering student's marks. Those fired are Dr Isaac Okullo, the Deputy Principal of the College of Health Sciences, Dr Rose Challo Nabirye-the Dean of the School of Health Sciences, Fatuma Nakatudde-the Deputy College Registrar and Paul Apunyo, a senior Administrative Assistant.

The decision to relieve the staffs' of their duties was made by the University Appointments Board during a meeting held on October 5, 2018, and communicated in letters dated October 8, 2018, signed by Andrew Abunyang, the Director Human Resources at Makerere University.

According to sources, trouble for the group started when a name of a student who had dropped out of the pharmacy degree course in 1998 was reportedly found on the graduation list from the College in 2017. The student had reportedly returned to the university in 2011 but remained in the university system longer than the four years of the degree course because he had accumulated several retakes.

Paul Apunyo is alleged to have altered marks from 2011 for a one Alex Madile and Rodgers Mushabe and added them to the February 2017 graduation lists.

The whistle was blown by Dr Pakoyo Fadhiru Kamba, the head of the Department of Pharmacy together Gordon Murangira, Prof. Nawangwe's Personal assistant who was then a senior registrar in the College of Computing and Information Sciences.

“You are required to immediately handover office and all university property that may be in your possession to the principal, College of Health Sciences. The Principal should then give you a clearance letter which you will present to the University Bursar to enable processing of your dues, if any, taking into consideration any monies that you may be owing to the University," Abunyang said in one of the letters.

Makerere University instituted an internal investigation in 2015 following reports of falsification of marks that led to the award of fake degrees during the year. It was reported that 600 of the 12,000 students that graduated during the year made it to the graduation list without meeting the minimum academic requirements.

The students were not cleared by their respective colleges for graduation, due to a number of factors; which included among others, accumulating retakes. The subsequent probe looked out for persons who handle the results at all levels, how examination marks are entered into the system and the circumstances under which results change.

The process led to the suspension of Christopher Ntwatwa, a system administrator and architect of Results Management System (RMS), his team members, Dennis Mbabazi and Peter Kayondo, who were the only personnel with access rights to the RMS since 2004 to October 2014.

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