50 students deleted from MAK graduation list

Makerere University, Main Administration Bloc. Courtesy Photo.
Makerere University, Main Administration Bloc. Courtesy Photo.

At least 50 students have been withdrawn from the Makerere University graduation list for illegally bribing their way to the final-list.

The University found that several Masters and Bachelor’s Degree students had been smuggled into the graduation book. The affected colleges include the College of Computing and Information Sciences (CoCIS) and College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES).

In the college of Computing and Information Sciences, 23 students were smuggled into the graduation list. These include six students of Information Systems, Four students of Information technology and three students of Science in Software Engineering. 13 others were students of Computer Science.

Under the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, 12 students of Bachelor of Tourism were unearthed together with one student of Environmental Science. Another set of 12 were due to graduate with Master’s Degree in Environmental and Natural Resources.

The other discovery pointed to one student of Biotechnology and another student of Adult and Community Education.

Prof. Mnason Tweheyo, the dean of the School of Forestry, Environmental and Geographical Sciences in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences announced the withdrawal of students over alleged marks alteration.

In an email communication to Prof. Buyinza Mukadasi, the Director Research and Graduate Training, Prof. Tweheyo indicated that 12 masters’ students had appeared on the graduation list without clearing with the school and college.

“I want to let you know that we have challenges at the school and somewhere else. This is because the eight students you mention were illegally inserted at the School Level and the four remaining students were inserted from somewhere else. You may wish to investigate this as our Director of Graduate Training,” Prof. Tweheyo said.

He said that while the school was conducting preliminary investigations into who may have wrongly entered the online student system to cause the embarrassment, another set of 10 undergraduate students from School of Forestry, Environmental and Geographical Sciences were found to have been inserted in the booklet without going through the School and College.

“As a Dean, I do not have access to the online system which displays student results and I do not even print the results. I totally depend on the School Registrar as a trusted custodian of the students record system. In this case I trusted that the Registrar had printed names of only qualified students,” the email communication stated further.

Prof. Tweheyo who appears to be a whistle-blower told URN that the school had also written to the Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic Affairs, Prof. Ernest Okello Ogwang, to investigate how the four graduate students were inserted in the graduation book without going through the School and the College.

“If this practice is left to continue, it will ultimately undermine the well-built quality assurance systems of our university well knowing that the institution is as good as the quality of its products,” Prof. Tweheyo stated while appealing to university authorities to take the matter as ‘a very serious one.’

In a statement seen by our reporter as issued by the University Academic Registrar Alfred Masikye Namoah, the names have been withdrawn due to failure to meet minimum graduation requirements.

“The Investigations are on-going and they will be required to appear before the relevant organs of the University to explain what could have happened,” Namoah said.

Below is the complete list of deleted names:

Bachelor of Information Systems
1.     Akanyihayo James
2.     Syrus Muganzi
3.     Mwine Frank
4.     Serunkuuma Brian Wamala
5.     Wagaana Nsubuga Ibrahim
6.     Zziwa Bonny

Bachelor of Information Technology
1.     Kipwola Sandra
2.     Mogga Kenyi
3.     Nkusi Paul
4.     Talemwa Ivan

Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
1.     Ahumuza Stellah
2.     Ainematsiko Phyllis
3.     Atwine Moris
4.     Ayebazibwe Sharon
5.     Busingye Muleesi Joshua
6.     Karamagi Micheal
7.     Kingyeyi Alvin Patrick
8.     Kingyenyi Alvin Patrick Reginah
9.     Mugoye Dickens
10.  Mutebi Felix Mukalazi
11.  Mutebi Shafiq
12.  Nabadde Reginah
13.  Nakyagaba Joanita

Bachelor of Science in Software Engineering
1.     Apolot Mercy
2.     Kamusime Hilary
3.     Tumuhairwe Andrew

Bachelor of Tourism
1.     Namata Cissy
2.     Ntumbu John
3.     Twinamatsiko Michael
4.     Atwijukire Obed
5.     Balibaghaya Damalie
6.     Kibetenga Maureen
7.     Kyambadde Joseph
8.     Moses Robert
9.     Nabirubbu Christine
10.  Nabukwasi Linnet
11.  Nabulindo Juliet
12.  Nalwoga Ester

Bachelor of Environmental Science
1.     Ayee Yesu Victory

Master of Environmental and Natural Resources
1.     Watsembe Victor Doreen
2.     Obedmoth Aidous
3.     Said Ramadhan
4.     Adrapi Joseph
5.     Kigezi Martin
6.     Yiga Vincent
7.     Kirabo Adrine
8.     Wodeya David Simon
9.     Rwamuhokya Robert
10.  Queen Catherine Kirabo
11.  Tumuheire Amos
12.  Mbolanyi Betty

Bachelor of Adult and Community Education
1.     Nagawa Jackline

Bachelor of Biotechnology
1.     Magomu Daniel William

– Uganda Radio Network