By Kabuye Ronald
As Makerere University’s 67th graduation ceremony draws closer, we learnt that about 200 students from the Institute of Statistics and Planning have had their results withheld and may miss the graduation.
According to a source that preferred anonymity, a one David Opiro, who is a lecturer at the same institute, has refused to release results of the entire 2016, 4th year class of these students until the university clears his salary arrears.
The students are to graduate in February this year from 21-24th however our source revealed that students who are pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Business Statistics, understood that lecturer Opiro refused to release their results for the course unit “Fundamentals of Marketing , Code BBS 3208”.
Apparently, at the start of the standoff, the university dialogued with this lecturer and reached a conclusion to pay him the outstanding arrears in order to release the results so that students do not miss out graduating with their colleagues in February 2017 however the lecturer was dismayed when the university only wired half of the arrears to his account.
The source who also happens to be one of the affected students said that the lecturer told them point blank in while in the lecture room that until his balance is fully settled, he will not submit their results hence missing out on graduating.
Makerere holds one graduation ceremony, usually in January, every year, however, this year’s graduation ceremony is slated for February, owing to the November 2nd abrupt closure of the University and if the nearly 200 students miss this year’s graduation, they will have to wait until January 2018.
However the vice chancellor of Makerere University Prof John Ddumba Ssentamu, confirmed the matter before adding that the said lecturer Opiro was fully paid and that he owes the university nothingbut instead his contact elapsed before submitting students results.
Prof Ddumba promised to write to the said lecturer as soon as possible for another dialogue to have the matter solved amicably.
Meanwhile we also learnt that the impasse between Makerere University and its sister business school Makerere university Business School MUBS threatened 4,000 to miss out on graduation due to the outstanding 4.6 billion functional fee has been solved after the closed door meeting between the two institution heads.
We understood that an agreement was reached that MUBS starting the coming week pays in installment the outstanding debt though it was silent on the particular amount.
The Makerere University Vice chancellor confirmed the developments adding that officials from both institutions are to meet and re scrutinize the actual outstanding amount.
In the same way MUBS public relations officer Peter Odoki revealed that makerere university senate has written to MUBS to submit the names of their student to graduate as the debt issue is being negotiated.
Makerere University Bursar Augustine Tamale in his letter dated 9th of January this year to MUBS principal Prof Waswa Balunywa he noted that MUBS only remitted 1.4 billion shillings out the 6 billion from academic year 2012/2013 to 2015/2016.
Accordingly every east African student is supposed to pay shillings 420,000 while international students pay 1,027,500 per year as functional fee.
It important to note that In 1997, faculty of commerce at makerere university was merged with Nakawa College of Business Studies NCBS, thereby creating MUBS, a constituent college of Makerere University.
In 2001, due to changes in the laws of Uganda, MUBS transformed from a constituent college of Makerere University to a public tertiary institution affiliated to Makerere University