5, 000 students miss Makerere graduation


Makerere graduands celebrate

When Simon Egessa finished his Bachelors Science in Education final examinations, he was optimistic that he would graduate.

However, even after passing, his name didn’t make it to the graduation list, something that has left him so depressed.

“I passed all my papers and I knew I would graduate. However, when I came to check my name on the graduation list, it wasn’t there and when I inquired from the college registrar, he told me that the internet system had been switched off and that he couldn’t help me,” he says.

Egessa is just one of the 5,000 students who have missed out Makerere University’s 66th graduation ceremony slated for this month.

A total of 13,712 students are scheduled to graduate next week.

Speaking to the Insider, Makerere University vice-chancellor, Prof John Ddumba Ssentamu, confirmed that majority of students would miss the graduation.

He however confessed that it was management to blame for all this because most of the students had marks but were not on the list.

“It’s already late because we have printed the booklet and there is no way we could add their names. What these students should do is to come back after graduation and we process their transcripts as long as they have all the marks,” Prof Ddumba said.

Asked about why many students had missed yet they have marks, he attributed it to the technical process, noting that most of the students’ marks had not been sent online yet the verification process was on going.

The insider understands that the problem could have been caused by some of the college registrars who were not available to upload students’ marks online, as majority of students share.

On Thursday, some guardians and parents were seen stranded at the University senate building waiting to verify children’s results.

However, their efforts hit a snag as the few available college principles and registrars were busy doing other things.



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