The newly launched Academic Information Management System (AIMS) at Kyambogo University has proved to be more of a liability than an asset to the institution. This is because it poses a risk of deterring thousands of students from sitting for their end of Semester Examinations set to commence on Monday, the 19th day of November.
AIMS is an Integrated Educational management system that automates all the University processes by managing admissions, billing and payments, programs and curriculum, Students’ results and other aspects of the education process.
AIMS replaced the e-Kampus Portal system which students were comfortable and more conversant with. Ever since the inception of AIMS, multiple students have desperately queued up at the Computer Centre to rectify errors that the AIMS systems possess including its failure to migrate correct data from the old e-Kampus system.
Among others, students have decried wrong tuition figures on the system. The system has also failed to acknowledge payments made by students before it was initiated. In fact, students who paid and registered with the old e-Kampus system have to re-register by visiting the Computer Centre.
Other students who paid tuition and functional fees in time have witnessed the system reflecting that they have late registration fees of Shs. 50,000 to pay.
All these mishaps concerning the New online system have resulted into long and unbearable lines at the Computer Centre with over 3000 students trying to rectify errors on the dysfunctional system lest they are to be deterred from sitting for examinations that are just 3 days away due to lack of Registration Cards.
In fact, the University is planning on issuing out Examination Permits tomorrow and those with errors on their system are not to receive the permits.
“We are so disappointed with the University administration. Why launch a dysfunctional system when students are about to do their examinations. I must say that I shall not be a victim of this nonsense. I will do my examinations on Monday whether the system is rectified or not,” Said one angry student on the queue.
However, the University administration has stuck to imploring students to visit the Computer Centre and rectify errors if any before Monday. It, therefore, raises the question as to whether over 3000 students will be served by 5 ICT experts in 3 days.
We shall keep you posted