Uganda Christian University (UCU) could land into trouble after it defied the presidential directive on closing all institutions of learning to help control the spread of Coronovirus in Uganda.
This is after Kilak North MP, Gilbert Olanya raised concern during yesterday’s plenary sitting, noting that UCU Management is asking students to prepare for online examinations and to clear fees arrears before sitting for exams.
He described the directive as unfair to both students and parents especially during this difficult time.
He asked the Ministry of Education and Sports to investigate why University has disregarded the Presidential directive.
In response, John Muyingo, State Minister for Higher Education promised Parliament that the Ministry of Education was going to investigate the matter, insisting that all institutions were supposed to abide by the directive to suspend all activities.
However, the same matter was raised again by Jacob Opolot, Chairperson Education Committee who asked the Prime Minister, Ruhakana Rugunda to provide guidance regarding the Management of UCU who have gone ahead contrary to the Presidential directive, to ask students to prepare for Online Exams and asking parents/guardians to clear the school fees arrears.
The University has stood by its position on having all students undertake online exams starting April 6th 2020 saying their policy is within the presidential directive that called on institution of learning to come up with innovative ways to continue business.
UCU also issued a statement on its Facebook through the Vice Chancellor, John Senyonyi calling on students to disregard rumours making rounds that the exams had been called off, adding that the University is committed to helping its students and would provide internet data for students to download the examinations.
“I don’t want you to grow lax about preparing for your exams. It is our commitment to help you complete your Easter semester 2020, so that when you return for your studies, you will not need to retake your final week of study exams which would cost you since the University is expending on this exercise,” Senyonyi said.