The Second Semester of Makerere University is scheduled to commence tomorrow Saturday 31st Jan, 2015. According to a circular issued by the University Administration, the resident students are expected to report to their respective Halls of Residence and Sign-in thereafter tomorrow from 12pm onwards. Students who stay in hostels have also been advised to follow suit.
However, many resident-students may have to brace themselves for a bed-bug-infested stay at the Ivory Tower as is usually the norm when campus resumes. They can only pray that the exterminators were paid on time to do their work. In relation to that, some other resident-students may still have another challenge to contend with: congestion. In some halls, especially such halls’ extensions, a student is put with three other room-mates in a room that can hardly accomodate two people and this creates difficulties such as lack of space to store their personal belongings, lack of space to hang their clothes since hanging them outside always leaves them at the risk of being taken by their pseudo-owners; thieves, lack of some adult privacy and so many other challenges that come with congestion.
More still, students from some faculties such as FEMA and others may not be in such a hurry to report to Campus as their lectures rarely commence until around two weeks after the rest of the University has resumed normal lectures. This is exacerbated by, among others, abscondment from duty of some lecturers as well as late-release of the lecture time-table which leaves the students in a maze of confusion. Some others complain that a lot of their valuable time and transport is wasted as they come each day to see whether the time-table is out but their efforts hit a dead-end.
It is the prayer of inconvenienced students that such challenges are urgently addressed by their elected leaders in liaison with the University Administration so as to facilitate a smooth stay at the institution that builds for the future.