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Pressure Mounts ahead of Makerere Graduation

After delays caused by the closure of Makerere in November last year, the university is set to hold its 67th graduation in the weeks of February 20 to February 25. In CHUSS, however, departments are yet to produce graduation lists and hundreds of students are concerned.
Prof. Edward Kirumira Principal of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHUSS) in an interview with URN recently. (File Photo)

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As thousands of Makerere students walk from office to office clearing their documents ahead of graduation, the would-be graduands in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHUSS) risk missing the event.

After delays caused by the closure of Makerere in November last year, the university is set to hold its 67th graduation in the weeks of February 20 to February 25. In CHUSS, however, departments are yet to produce graduation lists and hundreds of students are concerned.

Venenscias Kizza, a would be 67th graduand has in the past two years been moving from department to department to find his marks but in vain. He expressed disappointment with the college.

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Kiiza accused some lecturers of being lazy at submitting students' marks saying he is continuously getting frustrated with the system. He says his hopes of graduation are waning.

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Immaculate Nayebare, a former student of Journalism told URN that she has since last year been chasing for her marks from the school of Psychology.

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Prof. Edward Kirumira, the CHUSS Principal, attributes the problem of delayed results to shortage of registrars. Social Sciences, one of the schools that make up CHUSS, has operated without a registrar for a year, while the School of Psychology has spent two years without one.

According to Kirumira, the college which has about 10,000 students has only one substantive registrar in charge of entering students' results. Different coordinators submit results to this one registrar who is expected to upload them onto the university's online results portal. 

Prof Kirumira says that Colleges are now demanding that lecturers be charged with entering marks into the system.

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Kirumira proposes that lecturers must be held accountable and must produce students' results on time.

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Kirumira says that before the University was temporarily closed, one college registrar was handling all marks for all students in the college.

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He blames the problem on what he called structural issues of centralising recruitment of staff at the university.

“There has been this problem of ban on recruitment in public universities for quite some time and when it was lifted, they said you can only replace those that have died or retired for some time,” Kirumira.

Kirumira adds that the restructuring issues of the university have taken over five to six years to fix.

As of Monday this week, out of nine colleges and one school at Makerere University, only the College of Engineering, Design Art and Technology (CEDAT) had submitted the final graduation lists and results with the rest yet to submit due to missing marks issues.