The two were among the 400 students who had been implicated in falsifying their results in the university’s online results management system, by the Adhoc Examinations Irregularities and malpractice committee.
Makerere University Senate Building
Makerere University Council has cleared two students to graduate after
they had been dismissed on allegations of fraud.
The students are Simon Peter Musisi Ntege, a former student of Bachelor of
Science in Computer Engineering and Phillip Kakuru, a former student of
Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering in the College of Engineering, Design,
Art and Technology (CEDAT).
The two were among the 400 students who had been implicated in falsifying their
results in the university’s online results management system, by the Adhoc
Examinations Irregularities and malpractice committee.
They were dismissed from the University in 2018 August and December
respectively after completing their studies.
Ntege and Kakuru appealed against the decision of the Senate to the University Council, the
supreme governing body of the university.
The University Council working through its Legal, Rules and Privileges
Committee have now overturned the decisions of the Senate on grounds that their
original genuine results qualified them to graduate.
The seven-member committee led by Dr Winston Tumps Ireeta ordered that the
students be allowed to graduate this month.
The committee recommended that; “The altered marks appearing in the Online
Results Management System were cancelled and the original results maintained;”
The council committee also ordered for a forensic audit of the University’s
Online Results Management System as well as referral of all students and staff
implicated in falsification and alteration of marks to Uganda Police to be part
of the on-going criminal investigation and prosecution.
Although the council committee noted that the students’ results have been
altered to higher marks, they exonerated the students as the marks were changed
through the back-end which could not be accessed by the students.
“The committee noted with great displeasure and disapproval of the conduct and
negligence of some members of staff in the Academic Registrar’s Office who
aided in the Appellants’ to alter their marks and enable them securing a better
CGPA and therefore a better class of degree. This was unethical and
unprofessional of the members of staff,” reads the decision and determination
of the council committee.
Three members of staff Christopher Ntwatwa, Denis Mbabazi and Mike
Barongo who had the password and access to the back-end have been referred to
the institution’s Appointments Board for disciplinary action.
The trio are said to have been the only university staff with access rights to
the Results Management System since 2004 to October 2014 as system
administrators. They were subsequently arrested and have been under
investigation since then.
In March 2017, university authorities were forced to close the RMS used to
record students' examinations marks, and subsequently suspended the issuance of
Later in September 2017, the university cancelled at least 69 degrees after the
university audit found that the students’ transcripts were either forged or
reflected altered results.