Clearly, the Law Development Centre learnt and forgot nothing from Uganda Christian University’s pursuit to do online exams. Whereas LDC has not yet announced that they will subject their students to online exams, the Centre seems to have abruptly announced that students would start having their online lectures on 11th May, 2020 which is Monday Next week.
This was communicated through an email sent by the Head of the Bar Course Ms. Annette Karungi yesterday informing the Bar Course students that due to the extension of the COVID-19 lockdown, the institution had adopted eLearning / teaching strategies for the benefit of the students.
However, this move raised a series of complaints from the students’ fraternity. Some of the students bitterly complained that LDC’s management had firstly not consulted the students or even their leadership so as to come up with a consensus about whether to conduct or not conduct these online lectures.
One student who prefers to only be known as Fiona stated that this measure is not all inclusive as students who come from remote areas with poor network shall not be able to attend their lectures with ease. Furthermore, it is the students worry that many of them do not have the necessary facilities to attend these lectures for example smart phones and laptops which makes on doubt the fairness of this decision by the Law Development Centre.
One student who chose to remain anonymous was heard saying that how do you expect our colleagues who are in Kasese suffering with floods and you’re telling them about online exams! Finally, the students alleged that the LDC management has not in any way provided alternative measures to cater for students who won’t be able to access the online exams due to the factors stated above but simple gave them a “Take it or leave it” situation.
We wait to see what happens next and how effective these online classes shall be!