“Hug a UCU student today if not send them some ka money coz the niggaz are safaling over deya.” read a tweet by a UCU student, Half man, Half Kambere as his twitter handled is named. This was a tweet that went viral among students of Uganda Christian University simply because most of them shared the same belief about the online Take home exams.
The students are finding it hard to come to terms with them. Most students are complaining that the exams are hard.
Obadiah Okello, a student of UCU at the Kampala Campus expressed his worry about his chances in the exams. “I read through the questions. Those things are hard. Do you know being away from class for close to 4 to 5 months and then you want us to submit something in one month?” he said.
Okello highlighted the complicated research based nature of the questions.
“For each exam, you may end up reading like 10 to 15 publications and you have to site your work very well,” he said.
He also emphasized that the work will pass through a plagiarism checker to ascertain whether one has copied and pasted or not.
The students are also expressing the fact that the morale to do the exams is low. Nasolo Ritah, a student at the Main Campus expressed her lack of enthusiasm and desire to do the exams.
“We had prepared in March when we were put to a stop. People got excited thinking the exams would be easy but on seeing them, the exams required double effort,” she said.
She also emphasized the fact that there are so many distractions at home which affects the concentration levels.
Many students are worried about the ability of their parents to clear up the remaining tuition of the semester given the fact that they are just emerging out of the lock down that left a negative mark on their financial muscles.
However, there is a positive buzz about the exams particularly among the finalists who want to get done with Campus and move on with their lives.
The Online Take Home Exams which started on Monday, 15th September 2020 are to go on for a month till October 15th. This will be followed by the commencement of the September intake projected to start in October.
It should be remembered that President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni had put a halt to plans by the University to do the exams in March and authorisation was only granted to it last month.