As jubilations still go on across all Universities in Uganda over the President’s directive to close institutions and schools, Bishop Stuart University (BSU), a Mbarara based institution has a different reception of this closure.
Students at BSU have shunned the universities move to have all lectures carried out online (e-learning) during the 32 day closure of the University saying they don’t have the requirements such as laptops, laptops, internet (data) necessary for e-learning to happen. The move to have classes online was intended to help students and lecturers continue studying digitally.
“I urge all Bishop Stuart university (BSU) students and lecturers to boycott the e-learning policy introduced by the Vice Chancellor Prof Mauda Kamatenesi during this panic of stupid, media campaign war introduced by Satanic believers who want people to turn away from God. Prof Mauda K Mugisha didn’t consider 95% of students without computers and among these are IT students” partially reads a note written by the guild speaker circulating in BSU WhatsApp class groups.
As Campus Bee looked around to receive BSU student’s views on the idea of e-learning, the Faculty of Law was in great dismay of the Vice Chancellor’s decision to call on internet based learning.
“It is true that most of us, the student are not content with the proposed e-learning system because if you look deep into this, the university itself has failed to provide internet within the university premises, so how do they expect students who don’t even have smartphones and laptops, buy as much data as is needed for daily lectures and research?” with dismay, expressed one of students pursuing a Bachelors of Law at this Mbarara based university who preferred anonymity.
We’ll keep you up to speed with all the developments of this matter from this institution.