The Makerere University Guild Speaker and Ag. Guild President since the guild was dissolved to pave way for another, Isaac Kwagala has written to the vice chancellor seeking extension of the semester to compensate students for the lost time during the staff strike that lasted four weeks.
Kwagala, a student representative in the University Council which is the top decision making organ of the university has appealed to the vice chancellor to quash the academic registrar’s initial semester planner that has already communicated dates for coursework and final exams to College Principals.
Citing a resolution of the university council from February 15th, Kwagala noted that council had directed management and Senate to work out a mechanism of compensating students for the lost time by virtue of the strike by MUASA, MASA and NUEI which are umbrella organisations of teaching and administrative staff.
“The purpose of this letter is to ask you to update me about the process of working out a mechanism to compensate the students for the lost study time and to request that the circular by the Academic Registrar is revoked until such mechanism is worked out”, Kwagala’s letter reads in part.
In the letter that is dated 21st February, the Ag. Guild President also advised that in the process of working out the mechanism of compensation, both students and staff be consulted to come up with convenient times for them since there are so many academic and non-academic activities ahead that both may have to take part in.