Makerere University Vice Chancellor John Ddumba-Ssentamu has suspended senior lecturer, Prof Elisam Magara for awarding students free marks.
The lecturer from the East African School of Library and Information Sciences awarded and submitted marks to the head of department without marking the students’ scripts.
In a letter to Prof Magara, the Vice Chancellor said; “This is to acknowledge receipt dated December 1, giving explanation for the submission of results for unmarked scripts for course RAM 2108: Oral history and Paleography. I find your explanation unsatisfactory. You also claimed for and were paid funds for the unmarked scripts, which you now agree to refund.”
“This amounts to gross academic misconduct. Your actions are prejudicial to the proper performance of duties and university’s image. You are hereby suspended from duty on half pay, pending investigations and final decision by the appointments board,” part of the letter read.
But Prof Magara yesterday refuted the claims, saying they were schemes being used against him by some individuals to tarnish his name.
“What they are claiming is not true. I know they have a project which has been pending since 2010 and they want to cover up. He is suspending me through the media. This is an administrative issue. What is his interest? I will wait for what he has put in the letter I have not received. Read Luke 21: 13-17. I don’t want to talk bad about my university I have worked for the last 19 years,” Prof Magara said.
Additional reporting by the Daily Monitor