Freshers admitted to various Ugandan universities have expressed their frustration following the continued closure of universities. The freshers, who had warmed up to join campus life remain frustrated as the government remains silent on the official opening dates for universities.
Some freshers are worried sick as they are about to start a second year in senior six vacation as it should be recalled that they finished their studies in December 2019.
Those who have already secured admissions from various universities were warming up to enjoy activities like the freshers’ ball, bazaar, as well as rubbing shoulders with fellow campusers, not forgetting tasting that adult freedom.
“I am tired of my mother shouting at me every morning. This house is getting me depressed. I am almost running mad. I need to get out of here. I can’t stand online lectures in this house- campus must open,” a frustrated fresher was overhead lamenting after campus reopening was extended for more three months.
“Some of us have already completed our hostel fees. So who do you expect reside in them? Please open up” one fresher commented on a post shared by Campus Bee following Prof Nawangwe’s communication.
“How are we going to register before picking admissions” another one wondered.
Following government’s directive that students should study online, some fist year students have called upon the university to open up as they are not familiar with the process.
“A bit unfair, online classes are so stressing, we need to learn more about the system.” One fresher wrote before adding; “why must we pay all that tuition just to have online lessons?”
The delay in reopening affects continuing students equally since universities were closed last year in March as a way of slowing the spread of COVID-19. The Ministry of Education and Sports is expected to give a detailed address regarding reopening of schools shortly.