Kyambogo University Vice Chancellor Professor Eli Katunguka has issued his first statement ever since the university reopened for on campus studies. The university reopened on 1st March for continuing students who will study for three weeks before sitting for end of semester exams.
According to Katunguka, the university is aware and concerned about the ongoing lecturers’ strike that has affected students’ studies. Katunguka however disclosed that all continuing students will do their exams physically despite the ongoing strike.
“The University opened to continuing students on 1st March 2021 withcommencement of lectures for a period of three weeks and thereafter sitting of end of Semester II examinations. Management notes and is concerned that you may have missed a few lectures due to absence of some lecturers because they are on strike. I wish to inform you that there are negotiations going on between the aggrieved lecturers and the Government to ensure that their issues are resolved.” Katunguka’s statement reads in part.
“In the meantime, I encourage you to continue revising your notes and attending to your course works because you will be sitting for your end of semester II examinations on Monday 22nd March to Sunday, 11th April 2021.” The statement reads further.
While addressing the issue of having physical exams yet majority of students have not been vaccinated against COVID-19, Katunguka assured students that the university has gained experience in conducting exams in the pandemic.
“The timetable for the end of Semester II examinations has already been issued and it is important for you to note that all examinations will be physical. Conducting of physical examinations could be worrying for some of you especially in times when not all people have been vaccinated against COVID19. You should not be worried because the University gained experience in managing examinations during the pandemic after successfully conducting the final year students’ examinations last year. There are measures in place to ensure that the end of Semester II examinations will be carried out successfully.” He assured students.
He concluded by calling upon the university electoral commission to work with aspiring leaders to strictly observe COVID-19 SOPs during the ongoing guild elections.