Senior Six students are tomorrow Monday October 10 sitting their final UACE exams.
According to UNEB officials, a total of 109, 879 candidates are expected to show up at the 1802 centres across the country for the grand exam, which commences with Economics and Biology.
UACEs are arguably the most imperative national exams for students as they mark transitioning from the restrictive primary and secondary education to a freer and more mature university and tertiary education.
The exiting anticipation of less class work, extensive liberties and space for independent decision making, is what usually thrills most university freshmen-to-be young men and women.
What majority of them don’t envisage is an even crueller learning environment that awaits them at university.
On hitting campus, they are shocked back to their senses by crumbling classrooms, crowded lecture halls with broken chairs, halls of residence with intermittent running water, filthy and overflowing toilets, long queues for slow Internet connected computer labs, the list goes on.
These conditions have virtually become the life story of mostly public universities but luckily not all universities in the country.
Our corps recently paid a visit, to 3-year old Victoria University along Jinja Road and encountered the exact opposite of campus life.
Owned and promoted by tycoon Sudhir Ruparelia, the university has made strategic investments in providing the most of conducive learning environments for all students.
“We believe that a student should have the best environment to focus on studying and that, we have provided,” Vice Chancellor Dr Stephen Isabalija told Chimpreports in an interview this week.
Despite being located along a busy Jinja Road, students attend undisrupted classes, in air conditioned lecture halls, fitted with smart boards and projectors.
Fred Poggo a student at the university says the ambience is incomparable to top institutions he has seen in Kenya and Uganda.
Student research is backed by an extensive e-library, with limitless internet connection trough wifi. (Each student on admission gets a free new laptop).
Vice Chancellor Dr Isabalija says studies there are largely hands-on as most lecturers are practicing industrialists — bankers, engineers, doctors.
Nursing and Midwifery students also have access to expensive gadgets they utilize in practical sessions.
Such huge investments in a good learning environment, Dr Isabalija says, is critically preventative of possible crises and students uprisings, characteristic of most universities in the counties nowadays.
Numerous strikes, peaceful and extremely violent in these institutions have often been as a result of students paying huge sums of tuition for services they never get.
For more about the fast-rising university, please visit: http://www.vu.ac.ug/