While speaking at the official handover ceremony of the Charter Certificate to International Business, Science and Technology (ISBAT) University on Monday, the Executive Director of National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) Prof Mary Okwakol urged universities to ensure that all their staff act in a professional manner.
Okwakol further explained that she has received reports of lecturers harassing students sexually and unfairly under marking them due to selfishness reasons. She termed such acts as unprofessional which is against the ethics of professional lecturers.
“We have been receiving complaints of sexual harassment, unfair under marking of students’ exams, these are all against the professional code of teaching and whoever is caught will be punished accordingly,” she said.
ISBAT University, which has been operating under a provisional license on Monday joined 18 other universities that are fully accredited by NCHE and the Ministry of Education to operate in Uganda.
While speaking at the same function, Professor Eli Katunguka, the chairman Board, NCHE emphasized that as a chartered university, ISBAT has to comply with all conditions put in place by the council. Some of the conditions include; regular University data to the Council, accrediting all courses before they are taught at the university, having in place sufficient infrastructure, and appropriate systems and conducive environment that support students’ learning.
“I urge you to focus on the kind of learning that emphasis skilling of the students so that they are employable once they leave school. We have thousands of graduates on streets who can’t do actual work,” Katunguka said.
Katunguka’s tough warning has come few days after Prof Barnabas Nawangwe, the Makerere University Vice-Chancellor announced that he has received information that some Uganda Universities are awarding ‘fake’ degrees to Nigerian students.