Examination dates at Makerere University have been extended from September 6 to September 13th following a move by the University council to enable students understand the different modes of assessment.
A fortnight ago, the University Senate left individual college academic committee boards to decide how to conduct end of semester examinations.
The institution has different modalities of assessment including take-home assignments, field assessments and presentations among others that the colleges can consider.
However, in a letter dated August 27 and addressed to the College academic Committees, Professor Umar Kakumba, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academics revealed that the examination dates have been extended to enable more preparation of students on selected assessment models.
“The examination assessment period has been extended from 13 September and concluded on 30th September 2021 to enable more preparation and sensitization of students as requested. Please organize accordingly” part of the letter reads.
This comes after students raised complaints concerning the inefficiency of the university online platform MUELE, data costs and lack of computers to support online examinations.
They passed through the Guild President Ivan Ssempijja, to task the University Council to address issues with the online platform before assessment.
In a meeting with the University Council, Ssempijja demanded that the scheduled dates are revised to give adequate time for sensitizing the students on the different forms of assessment.
Unlike finalists at the University, continuing students were to start their physical end of semester exams the same day the government enforced the 42 days lockdown. Since then, on June 7th 2021, schools and higher institutions of learning have remained closed.