Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) ‘chief’ fresher, Augustine Erima has broken out of the shell and petitioned the administration requesting for immediate halt of online assessment of students.
In a letter that we’ve seen – addressed to MUST Academic Registrar (AR), the frustrated fresher noted with concern that lecturers have been giving compulsory assignments since e-learning kicked off on June 28.
He also indicates that as freshers (first year students), they haven’t sufficiently adapted to the online mode of lecturing, citing a number of issues including inadequate data, and lack of gadgets to facilitate the digital learning process.
“…as First year students are struggling with adapting to online lectures from home, a number of lecturers have started giving compulsory assignments. The first year students are currently not so organized for the online assignments due to lack of data, lack of equipment and poor network.” The student noted, in the letter.
“I therefore request that all online compulsory assignments be put to hold till students are well organized for them. Thank you.” the letter, written by Erima concludes.
It’s recalled that the University kicked off with the second semester of Academic Year 2020/2021, online following the closure of schools countrywide over the resurgence of the deadly Coronavirus. The students at MUST were in the middle of end of semester exams at the time.
The Academic Registrar, through a letter, informed students that they would complete the remaining exams when the lockdown is lifted.
The University’s Academic Registrar – Dr. Martha Kyoshaba is yet to respond to the student’s petition. We’ll keep you updated.