Makerere Closure: Administration Uncertain About January Graduation

Makerere University management remains skeptical on when the university is slated to reopen as thousands of students risk not graduating come January 2017.

The Vice Chancellor Prof. Ddumba Ssentamu during a news conference on Tuesday said that the management is still uncertain on whether the annual graduation ceremony will be held in two months time as scheduled pending communication from government.

The university has been closed since the beginning of this month following an executive order by President Museveni and a visitation committee was Monday constituted to probe the problems surrounding Uganda’s biggest institution of learning.

This stringent action came in the wake of sustained strikes by both students and the teaching staff, stuff the latter demanding for their monthly salary incentives worth Ugshs 3.7 billion as previously promised by government.

“I want to refute reports that have been claiming that the university will reopen on January 2nd 2017. We are uncertain on when government will lift the closure of the university and whether we shall hold a graduation in January. We await government communication, search ” Prof. Ddumba told the press.

About 12,000 students were meant to graduate from Makerere in January but their fate hangs in balance.

While there was wide media reports on the committee appointed by the President to inquire into the affairs of Makerere University and come up with a report, the Vice Chancellor said Management is yet to receive official communication regarding the visitation committee.

There has been no revelation however by the President on the timeline given to the probe committee which has further increased public concern that the closure could drag on.

He however mentioned that; “Management will cooperate with the appointed committee for the good of the university. But we hope it concludes its investigation in the shortest time possible.”


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