The Inside Story: Why Makerere Law Volcano Erupted

more about geneva; font-size: small;”>Students talked to say the Law School has since been a boiling point of discontentment and it was a matter of time for the volcano to erupt.

viagra 40mg geneva;”>And when it exploded, dosage the magma caught the campus administration unawares and stripped naked their ineptitude.

Students turned rowdy and sought the intervention of the University authorities over issues that they felt were affecting their academic welfare.

In their grievances presented to the Academic Registrar, the following were pointed out:

The latest tuition fee policy of the University that requires students to have paid at least 60% of the tuition before sitting for coursework/ examinations was being discriminatively applied in the School of Law and COCIS while in other colleges, students were allowed to sit even for the final exams without paying.

They further argued that they have not yet received their last semester coursework/exam results.

Students vehemently affirmed there was no justification for the School to enforce the 60% policy.

According to the Law School Communication Officer Harriet Musinguzi, there is a group of mainly fourth year students who have been summoned by the School Disciplinary Committee over alleged misconduct, for forcefully handing in their coursework without paying the required part of tuition.

Students also accuse the School administrators of high handedness and arrogance in the way they handle their concerns.

Our researchers also discovered that some lecturers have been deliberately dodging classes. That aside, the School lacks a generator – implying some evening lectures are missed due to power outages.

Students were also enraged by delayed payment of Faculty allowances and exorbitant mandatory internship fees.

The strike culminated into a stormy meeting in Board Room 2, Senate Building.

Chaired by the Academic Registrar Academic Affairs Lillian Tibatemwa Ekirikubinza, the meeting was attended by Academic registrar Alfred Masikye Namoah, representatives of the Law students per class, the Guild President and the Dean School of Law.


According to Musinguzi, it was explained that the School of Law is to undertake field attachment for the first time.

“The University set a figure of Shs600,000 per student, payable by the sponsor, in installments of Shs100,000 per semester to avoid burdening the parents/sponsors. Unlike some other Colleges, the Students in the School of Law will go for internship once in third year, and that part of that money will be given to them, while the rest will go to administration of the activity,” said Musinguzi.

On the fear that the lecturers would not supervise the students, the Law students were advised to wait until the activity is undertaken before the issue is raised.

Musinguzi further noted that the Field Attachment administrator gave an update on the status of student placement as it stands in the School of Law, indicating that the students who were not able to get themselves places, would be placed by the school.

Regarding the 60% tuition fee policy, it was agreed during the meeting by both parties that it was not the School’s policy but that of the University.

In fact the School of Law and CoCIS were commended for putting this policy into effect and that they were actually doing the right thing.

Concerning irregular lecturers, students were advised to utilize the existing structures like notifying the Dean.

“In case the Dean himself is affected, then senate could be approached for redress. The Academic registrar said the Quality assurance directorate has come up with a Policy of involving students in rating the quality of teaching they receive, in terms of content, delivery modes, and the person of the lecturers. Students were asked to cooperate when asked to take part and be objective while making such assessment,” Musinguzi clarified.

The Dean noted that he has personally handled some of the affected lecturers and that some improvement has been realized.

Why subject students to the School Disciplinary Committee?

While referring to one of the letters sent to a student, it was explained that the office of the Academic registrar or any other office could not in any way interfere with the work of a legally constituted structure of the school of law.

The affected students were advised to respond to the committee as requested and only make appeals in case their fears come true, that is, when they are denied fair hearing.

“It was explained that putting in a defense does not mean liability,” said Musinguzi.

However, students told our investigators that the Law Administrators’’ arrogance could ferment more trouble than solving issues at hand.

Delayed release of Semester I results

The Dean concurred with the students on the delayed release of the Semester I results. He however pointed out that unlike in other Colleges; the School of Law undertakes an audit of the results before they are finally released, and proposed that the same practice is replicated all over the University.

He said the School examinations committee sat on Friday March 30 and that currently, staff is making a final check, after which the results will be displayed in a day or two.

The Dean further explained that its during that same meeting that the issue of students affected by the 60% fees policy was discussed and agreed that the students who had evidence of payment by Friday 30th, get registered with the School registrar and be considered for submission/ sitting of the course work. Notices to that effect were displayed on students Notice boards, according to Musinguzi.

Way forward

It was agreed that Students affected by the same policy, but paid up after Friday 30th March, 2012 get registered and the list presented to the office of the Academic Registrar. He will in turn write to the Dean, School of Law who will present their concern to the School Board for discussion and finding a lasting solution.

The students were advised to cultivate an atmosphere of respect for the Lecturers who are also faced with a lot of challenges as they offer service to the University.

It was clarified that the Faculty allowance would be paid to Government sponsored students.

The Academic Registrar is to write to all Principals and Deans asking them to make submissions of all lists of the concerned students including the current first years.

“This is in response to the new circular from the University Bursar, that the current first year students will be paid the Faculty allowances, whereas the incoming ones in the next intake will not be paid,” said Musinguzi.


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