By Our Reporter
Makerere University has started the process of verifying marks of students who graduated this year, with a circular already sent out to the colleges telling them to handle the process urgently as resolved by the university management meeting.
The university has since blocked access to its central results system both online and offline to allow for investigations of allegations of alteration of marks.
A letter from university Academic Registrar Alfred Masikye Namoah to college principals dated April 6 directs all results for the 67th graduation be referred back to their respective colleges/schools for verification before transcripts are processed.
The verification is meant to filter out students who could have benefited from alteration of marks scam allegedly to have taken place in the February 67th graduation ceremony where a total of 14,897 students graduated, but 53 students were deleted from the graduation list in relation to the scam
The students were from the College of Computing and Information Sciences, College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, College of Education and External Studies and College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology and College of Agriculture.
Already four administrative assistants in the office of the Academic Registrar; Mike Bitamale Barongo, the head of ICT, Dennis Mbabazi, Joyce Namusoke, and Christopher Ntwatwa were arrested and quizzed by the police over the same issue.
Meanwhile Makerere University Vice Chancellor Search Committee has laid out 11 guidelines for which it is to follow in the searching process that will last for three months.
The Committee Chairperson Irene Ovonji Odida says some of the guidelines include candidates being aged between 40-65years at the time of application and having a PhD from a recognized academic institution among others.
The current five year renewable term for the existing Vice Chancellor Prof. John Ddumba Ssentamu will come to a close on August 31 this year after he assumed office on September 1st 2012.
Ovonji says they won’t allow politicking in the search process but will be able to provide the whole guidelines in newspapers’ adverts.
She however confirms that they haven’t received any single candidate showing interest in the search process and assures the university that the exercise won’t affect Prof. Ddumba’s services until his term expires.
The Committee representatives include the current Deputy Council Irene Ovonji Odida, Prof. Joseph Y.T Mugisha, Dr. Betty Ezati, Dr. Frank Mwine and Bruce.B. Kabaasa.