There is a huge examination crisis at Makerere University Business School (MUBS), Campus Bee has learned. The continuing students are currently sitting for their 2019/2020 academic year last semester examinations.
However, due to the absence of lecturers who are on strike since November, this Campus news website has learnt that so many papers have leaked and students have been asked to redo some papers. Case in point is the Principles of Management Examination which leaked massively prompting the Acting School Registrar, Eldred Kyimuhangi to cancel it and asked all students to resit the exam this Saturday February 6th.
Why are exams at MUBS leaking?
The MUBS Academic staff went on strike on 15th November 2020 due to underpayment. MUBS Council and Management instead of solving the staff grievances decided to insist that exams must go on. The school therefore had to improvise to find people to set and invigilate exams. Leaving administrators, and part timers to set the exams.
As a result, several exams have been leaking, like Business Statistics, ICT, Accounting, Research Methods, Micro Economics, Principles of Management, among others.
According to inside sources at MUBS, most exams start late. “Exams are sold for as low as 100k. There was an indication that most exams are leaking from the MUBS Mbarara Study Center. MUBS management has been silently dealing with the matter but the situation has gone out of hand,” a source at MUBS who preferred to speak anonymously because of the sensitivity of the matter told Campus Bee.
Some staff have been suspended
The MUBS management has been left with no option but to suspend some academic staff accused of or suspected to be leaking the exams to students at a fee. A lady at the department of entrepreneurship was the first to be suspended as the administration investigates the matter further.
Now, the students at MUBS are not willing to resit the leaked exams and have threatened to strike. A student leader who asked to remain anonymous reached out to Campus Bee ranting;
“This (resorting the exams) is exorbitantly unfair to the students since for the following reasons.
- It is not the student’s fault that the papers leaked.
- There are students who did not get the leaked papers, they read as they normally do and did the exam as was scheduled by the school.
- Parents/students will have to pay extra accommodation fee, meals simply because the school failed to guard the papers.
- Retakers who stayed in school after their 2nd year 2nd semester exams just to do the Principles of Management (POM) retake after which they went back home to the village, will have to suffer the inconveniences of travelling back to do the paper. Yet its not their fault.
Besides, why does it have to be POM??? Does redoing the exam really remedy the problem at hand?”
The MUBS management was not readily available for a comment by press time.