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These campusers whom we later learnt were a class of Bachelor of Commerce (External) were apparently too late for their usual venue which is the University Dining Hall which had been occupied by some other developments.
Makerere students conducting lectures in dining hall is not a new development as it dates way back to a decade or so ago, following the ever soaring number of intakes as opposed to the constant structural development.
Makerere University Students having Lectures under the tree
The introduction of the Private Students’ Scheme led to a huge influx of students and to this day, Makerere University is being overwhelmed by the big numbers of students despite the emergence of other universities.
Most students parents crave for Africa’s “prestigious” university.
Halls of residence which are mostly utilized for such occasions are Livingstone, Africa, University Hall, Lumumba and Mary Stuart, as well as other Conference Halls in both Senate Building and other faculties.
Students doing courses like Bachelor of Education, B.A (Social Sciences) and B.A (Arts) are the most affected.
Back in 2006, new mechanisms had to be put in place to cope with the pressure and thus Bachelor of Commerce External Program had to commute to Didi’s World (now Wonder World) amusement park, a luxurious recreation center to do their tests and exams.
In addition to the paying of millions of shillings to hire the amusement park for serious work (using the center for tests and exams), the students and lecturers had to travel long distances to the recreation center to learn or teach.
Bachelor of Commerce (External) students having lectures
This comes in the wake of violent students’ protests in rejection of a new fees policy that expects them to clear 60% of the total semester tuition in the first six week.
Private students under their umbrella government body the Makerere University Private students Association, while electing their new president Onesmus Muwanga earlier this month, vowed to push for formal open accountability by university officials of the funds they receive both from them and government.
Our efforts were rendered futile being a weekend, to obtain official reaction from university leaders on the new developments.