BY LEAH OKETCHO
Exams are here and tension can be seen glowing from the Uganda Christian University [main campus] students’ faces. It is about that time in the semester where both the students and the lecturers are on the run.
For some of the lecturers the headache is from the fact that they still haven’t covered what they had planned to. While or others, they haven’t finalized with the marking and yet course results are very much due.
The first category of lecturers are the ones right now that are dragging the students to class at a time when they should be better understanding their work in preparation for exams.
“Goodness! What is wrong with that woman doesn’t she know the sem has ended?” said a student in 2nd year student pursuing a bachelor of arts in mass communication.
It has been discovered that the few students that attend such classes, either hope to get extra marks or to hear something from the lecturer that they anticipate will be in the forth coming exams.
A student passing by the library is quoted to have said,“I have to attend all the classes because they might be giving us sassy (clues into the exam content).”
Generally the number of the students that attend classes at the end of the semester is almost 20% of the daily attendance in the course of the semester.
This is also the time when our less priviledged brothers and sisters who haven’t been able to complete tuition are up and about seeking assistance.
What I don’t understand however is why the university incurs extra costs on such students in the name of penalty for late payment. Many questions have indeed risen from the student body in concern.
“If I have failed to pay shs800, 000, then how do you tell me that now for this delay you need to pay an extra Ugshs 50000?” This has been and continues to be the concern for many.
For a good percentage of students the tension is as a result of relaxation. This category relaxed all through the semester without seeing the need to study. Now that exams are hear, people are flooding the dining hall for discussions till very late.